Mourners gather for funeral of US teenager Michael Brown

Hundreds of people are gathering for the funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed American teenager who was shot dead by police on 9th August.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, the teen's father called for calm, saying: "We need a moment of silence on our son. We need peace on his going-away."

Three White House officials will attend the service.

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Obama: Michael Brown’s death is ‘heartbreaking’

President Obama called the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager a tragedy and called for thoughtful response after two nights of violent protests, looting, arrests and tear gas in a St. Louis suburb.

He promised a full investigation by the US Department of Justice into the case, which has provoked outrage in the largely African-American town of Ferguson where police have not released the shooter's name, citing security concerns and death threats.

I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but ... I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding.

– President Obama

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