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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Killing was 'a blatant assassination'

The killing of Michael Brown was "a blatant assassination," Ty Pruitt, the cousin of the black teenager shot by a police officer in Missouri, told Good Morning Britain, after an autopsy revealed he was shot six times, twice in the head.

Mr Pruitt said: "My question is, as far as policemen go, your training tells you to first stun, that's why you carry a stun gun...if he was that much of a threat, why didn't you just stun him, then subdue him?"

Unrest sparked by Mr Brown's death is ongoing in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis.

Mr Pruitt called for the peaceful protesters to "stand firm," but said to the looters and "the people who provoke violence - 'Go home...every time the cops have to come out and deal with you it pushes my cousin's case backwards.'"

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