Michael Brown's Family Plans Memorial Amid Continuing Unrest in Ferguson

Michael Brown's Family Plans Memorial Amid Continuing Unrest in Ferguson
Riot police move in on protesters in Ferguson, Missouri
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08/20/2014 06:15PM

With protests continuing in Ferguson, Missouri, the family of 18-year-old Michael Brown is planning his funeral.

Brown, who was shot and killed on Aug. 9 by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson, was a suspect in a robbery and unarmed, according to police reports.

The Austin A. Layne Mortuary is handling arrangements for the funeral, set for 10 a.m. Monday at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, according to the Associated Press. Brown's uncle, the Rev. Charles Ewing, will deliver the eulogy, and the Rev. Al Sharpton will also speak.

Brown will be buried at St. Peter's Cemetery in St. Louis County.



Amid the continued strife surrounding Brown's death, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in the troubled St. Louis suburb in an attempt to stem the violent protests that have had the city under siege for more than 10 days since the shooting.

"At a time when so much may seem uncertain, the people of Ferguson can have confidence that the Justice Department intends to learn – in a fair and thorough manner – exactly what happened," Holder wrote in an open letter published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Today," he continued, "I will be in Ferguson to be briefed on the federal civil rights investigation that I have closely monitored since I launched it more than one week ago. I will meet personally with community leaders, FBI investigators and federal prosecutors from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office to receive detailed briefings on the status of this case."

The start of fall classes has been postponed again in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, according to AP reports. Classes were scheduled to begin on Aug. 14, five days after Brown's death. The district initially postponed the start of school until Monday due to safety concerns, then decided to wait another full week until Aug. 25.

The nearby Jennings and Riverview Gardens school districts also canceled classes Tuesday after starting back up just days earlier.

"The full resources of the Department of Justice have been committed to the investigation into Michael Brown’s death," Holder wrote.

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