FERGUSON, MO – The parents of a teen who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. two weeks ago urged the public to avoid protests Sunday as they prepare to bury their son Monday morning."Tomorrow, all is want is peace while my son is being laid to rest," said Michael Brown Sr. as he addressed a crowd of supporters at a Peace Rally in St. Louis on Sunday afternoon.
Brown Sr. addressed a crowd at the same time members of Friendly Temple cleaning the church sanctuary and making last-minute funeral preparations for his son, 18-year-old Michael Brown.
A few miles away in the City of Ferguson, emotions were still high on busy Canfield Drive. People like Leya Salfina, who traveled from Miami, gathered to visit memorials growing on the street where the teenager was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson two weeks ago.
"I want everybody to understand that it's time to come together so that we can change this once and for all," said Salfina as she kneeled down to say a prayer before one of the memorials to Brown.Thousands of people are expected to come together to eulogize Brown at the funeral service his family has decided to make public."
We just basically wanted to come out and show our support," said Jason Johnson of Milwaukee.Many of the people who visited the memorials of the teenage shooting victim said the deadly shooting triggered dialogues about race and community relations not only in Ferguson, but across the world.
"It doesn't stop there. I mean action happens when we are finding ways to sort of create a dialogue to each other so that we can actually start to move forward," said Steven Hatchett of the Milwaukee Urban League. "The more we don't talk about it, the worse we get," he said.
Among those expected to speak at Brown's funeral are family members and the Reverend Al Sharpton. The White House are sending staffers from its My Brothers Keeper Task Force and the Office of Public Engagement.
Michael Brown's grieving father said he's asking for the community's help on the day of his son's funeral. "Please take a day of silence, so we can lay our son to rest. Please. That's all I ask," Brown Sr. begged.
Funeral services for 18-year-old Michael Brown are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, August 25 at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Church members say the sanctuary seats about 2,500 people.
There will be two overflow rooms where the funeral service will be broadcast via live stream.