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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Missouri police claim killed teen 'robbed store'

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Police say a black teenager shot dead by an officer was suspected of robbing a store shortly before he was killed.

They released documents saying Michael Brown, 18, was believed to have stolen a £30 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb of St Louis, Missouri.

Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer did not know he was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting and stopped Mr Brown and a companion "because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic".

The officer who shot Mr Brown, Darren Wilson, 28, had been a policeman for six years and had no complaints filed against him, Mr Jackson said.

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