ST. LOUIS (AP) — The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a “day of silence” as he lays his son to rest Monday.

“Tomorrow all I want is peace,” Michael Brown Sr. told hundreds of people in St. Louis’ largest city park during brief remarks at a festival that promotes peace over violence. “That’s all I ask.”

The more than two weeks since Michael Brown’s death have been marked by nightly protests, some violent and chaotic, although tensions have eased in recent days.

Brown Sr. told the crowd that he and his son’s mother appreciate the love and support they’ve received from the community. The Rev. Al Sharpton, who will speak at the funeral, echoed his request for peace.

“We don’t want anything tomorrow to happen that might defile the name of Michael Brown,” Sharpton said. “This is not about our rage tomorrow. It’s about the legacy and memory of his son.”

Peace Fest 2014 was already in the works before Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown Aug. 9 in a St. Louis suburb, but it took on new resonance in the aftermath.

The parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin also spoke, urging the crowd to channel its anger into action by pushing to strengthen families and better educate youth and expressing support for the Brown family and the people of the St. Louis area.

“We’re going to stand tall with you all,” Trayvon’s Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, said.

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2 thoughts on “Mike Brown’s Father Asks For Day of Peace For Son’s Funeral

  1. Folks in Ferguson need to respect the wishes of Michael Brown’s father and stop the looting, rioting, etc., and allow the Brown family to have their son laid in to rest in peace.

    The rioting I can understand-people were angry regarding this senseless MURDER.

    However, the looting was totally un-necessary and reminicent of the 1960’s when we totally destroyed our own neighborhoods!

    We have obviously not learned much from those days.
    If you want to tear up-go to the major thorofares–i.e. White sections of town and set fire to their —t! They can afford to lose their property–we cannot!!!!

    In addition, this incident should wake us up to the fact that there is a WAR ON BLACK FOLKS IN AMERYKAH and this Ferguson mess is only the beginning!!!!!!

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