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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Police name officer who fatally shot Michael Brown

Police have named Darren Wilson as the officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Missouri.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson made the announcement at a press conference.

The shooting of Michael Brown has led to racial tension in Ferguson, Missouri. Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Jackson also released documents that claim the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 (£29) box of cigars.

Ferguson police had previously withheld the name of the officer involved citing security concerns.

The shooting of the black 18 year old has led to racial tensions and protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson where Brown was killed.

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