Observance Held in Springfield to Remember Michael Brown

By KOLR10 News

Published 08/25 2014 12:43PM

Updated 08/25 2014 01:08PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A small crowd gathered on the public square in Springfield Monday morning, at the same time thousands crowded into a church in St. Louis to remember Michael Brown, Jr.

Brown is the unarmed African-American teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri August 9.

The group Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri organized the gathering, says Rev. Mark Struckhoff.  "Today's assembly really coincides with the funeral service for Michael Brown in Ferguson today.  And throughout the state, there are communities that are gathering in prayer," Struckhoff said.

"It's not so much a protest as it is an occasion to pray and to grieve with family and friends over the loss of life.  Every life is sacred.  And so to come together and and grieve not only the loss of life but where we are as a culture.  We have some work to do to continue to resolve racial tensions in every community in the country.  And so, ah, prayers is a good way to begin it."

A grand jury in St. Louis this week begins reviewing the evidence in Brown's shooting to determine if charges should be filed against Officer Darren Wilson.

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