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's family 'could not trust' official autopsy

The family of a Missouri teen who was shot by a police officer wanted an independent autopsy because they "could not trust" the official reports into their son's death.

Attorney Ben Crump said: "They did want to be left having to rely on the autopsy done by the St Louis law enforcement agencies, the same individuals they feel are responsible for executing their son in broad daylight."

He added: "They could not trust what was going to be put in the reports about the tragic execution of their child."

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