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ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Gov. Jay Nixon will make his first trip to Ferguson Thursday, according to his Twitter, since the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old and a violent outbreak.

Gov. Nixon cancelled his scheduled appearances at Missouri State Fair to make the trip. He will speak to the media at 2:30 p.m.

Late Wednesday night, Nixon tweeted, "Situation in Ferguson does not represent who we are. Must keep the peace, while safeguarding rights of citizens and the press."

According to a spokesman from Nixon's office, the governor will join members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition at an 11 a.m. meeting in unincorporated north St. Louis County. Other stops will be announced later.

Tuesday night, Nixon stood with other local officials at a community forum in unincorporated north St. Louis County.

Nixon released the following statement early Thursday morning:

"The worsening situation in Ferguson is deeply troubling, and does not represent who we are as Missourians or as Americans. While we all respect the solemn responsibility of our law enforcement officers to protect the public, we must also safeguard the rights of Missourians to peaceably assemble and the rights of the press to report on matters of public concern.
"I have been closely monitoring the situation and will continue to be in communication with local leaders, and I will be in north St. Louis County tomorrow. As Governor, I am committed to ensuring the pain of last weekend's tragedy does not continue to be compounded by this ongoing crisis. Once again, I ask that members of the community demonstrate patience and calm while the investigation continues, and I urge law enforcement agencies to keep the peace and respect the rights of residents and the press during this difficult time."

There is no word on what time Nixon is expected to arrive.

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