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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Parents call for peace ahead of Michael Brown's funeral

The parents of the unarmed Missouri teen who was shot dead by a police officer have called for peace ahead of his funeral today.

Michael Brown's Sr has called for peace ahead of his son's funeral. Credit: Reuters

Thousands are expected to pay their respects to Michael Brown at a Baptist church in St. Louis, just a few miles from the spot where he was killed.

But Michael Brown Sr requested that there be no demonstrations on the day that they lay their son to rest.

He told the American network NBC News: "We need a moment of silence on our son. We need peace on his going-away."

Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden added that the hardest moment will be the end.

Both parents visited the funeral home Sunday afternoon for a private moment with their son.

McSpadden said."I looked at him. I talked to him. I touched him."

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