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    Thousands gather for funeral of Michael Brown


    by PressTV

    Thousands of people have attended the funeral of the African-American teenager recently killed by police in the US State of Missouri.

    Civil rights leaders and celebrities joined the teen’s family and friends to pay final respects to Michael Brown. Large lines formed outside the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, as hundreds of people filled the pews of the 5,thousand-seat church. After the funeral service, Brown is to be buried in a private ceremony in St Peter's cemetery. The unarmed 18-year-old boy was killed on August 9 in an encounter with a white police officer. Brown's friend, who was walking with him, said he was shot as he held his hands in the air in a clear sign of surrender. "Hands up, don't shoot" has become the refrain of demonstrators who for the past two weeks have gathered in Ferguson to demand a transparent probe and justice.