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 teen was shot 'in a back to front direction'

A lawyer representing the family of an unarmed teenager shot dead by police in Ferguson Missouri has accused the police of shooting him in the back of the head.

Lawyer Daryl Parks said the shot to apex of Michael Brown's head was the 'kill shot.' Credit: Pool

At a news conference, lawyer Daryl Parks said: "They show that the direction of the bullet was in a back to front direction."

He added that the first shot which he was calling "the kill shot" was at the apex of 18-year-old Michael Brown's head and had caused severe damage.

He said a second shot had entered through the top of his head and come out of the eye area.

"That's very important," he said. "Because it shows a back to front for both of them and it supports what the witnesses said about him trying to surrender."

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