Thousands of mourners will pay tribute to 18-year-old Michael Brown at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Saint Louis this morning.
His life was cut short August 9th when he was shot by police officer Darren Wilson.
The incident kicked off days of protests and ignited tensions between demonstrators and police in Ferguson.
A number of celebrities and politicians are expected to attend the service here today...including three White House aides. The Reverend Al Sharpton is also expected to speak.
Sunday, Brown's parents attended an annual peace rally in St. Louis' largest city park...calling for calm today:
"I'd like a day of silence so we can lay our son to rest. Please," implored Michael Brown, Sr.
They were joined by the parent's of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager who was killed two years ago in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer:
"Michael Brown had a right to live. He had a right to see another birthday. He had a right like anyone else to walk on the street," said Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother.
Churchgoers at the Greater Saint Marks Missionary Baptist Church reflected on the circumstances surrounding Brown's death.
A grand jury is weighing possible charges against Officer Wilson...while the FBI conducts its own investigation.
After the service there will be a procession from the Church to Brown's final resting place. Schools in Ferguson, which were closed last week because of the violence will finally open today.
(Danielle Nottingham CBS News)
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