The parents of a Missouri teen shot dead by a police officer have paid tribute to him in the program of his funeral service.
In a letter to Michael Brown his mother Lesley McSpadden wrote: "The day you were born I just know God sent me a blessing and that was you."
The letter by Michael Brown Sr. read: "I always told you I would never let nothing happen to you and that's what hurts so much, that I couldn't protect you."
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