Mourners sing, clap and dance at funeral for slain Missouri teen
Monday, August 25, 2014 - 01:34
Family, friends and civil rights leaders attend the funeral for Michael Brown, remembering the slain black teenager with words of goodwill and joy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Mourners sang, clapped and danced on Monday (August 25) at funeral services for Michael Brown, remembering the slain black teenager with words of goodwill and joy rather than the violence and outrage that followed his killing by a white police officer.
Brown's body lay at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in a black and gold casket, topped with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was killed on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.
As hundreds of people filed into the modern red-brick church on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis, Brown's coffin was surrounded by photos of him as a child, graduating from school and smiling in his Cardinals cap.
Gospel music filled the sanctuary as hundreds of people stood inside the church, many dancing, singing and clapping.
Church leaders referred to the story of Jesus Christ being resurrected to instill hope among the mourners.
Brown's killing has focused attention on racial tension and relations in the United States. The Ferguson protests also evoked criticism of the local police force's use of military gear and heavy-handed tactics.
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