Mike Brown funeral preps underway

ST. LOUIS – Arrangements are underway for 18-year-old Michael Brown's funeral. The public is invited to Monday's service, and a large crowd is expected to pay respects.

Staff members at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church say they're cleaning up the sanctuary and making final preparations. They say it's possible thousands of community members and visitors will gather for the 10 a.m. service.

NewsChannel 5 has learned a long list of speakers and special guests are expected to address the Brown family and supporters, including some of their relatives and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

The White House is also sending three staffers, including the head of its "My Brother's Keeper" task force and two members of the Office of Public Engagement. One of them is St. Louis native Marlon Marshall, who attended school with brown's mom.

The church has room for about 4,500 people.

"The officers, they have a lot going on, they are dealing with the scum of the Earth, and you have to be upstanding when you wear that badge. So, I'm coming here to show the support of Mike Brown, his family and let them know that we're behind them100 percent. Hating that this happened to him, hating that this happened to the officer that put him in that situation and made that judgment call," said Joseph Lee.

Church members say a complete list of speakers for Monday's 10 a.m. service is expected to be released sometime Sunday evening. Some community members are asking there be no protests on Monday.


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