(ST. LOUIS) — A St. Louis Cardinals hat was placed atop the black and gold coffin of Michael Brown ahead of his funeral Monday morning, more than two weeks after he was shot and killed by a police officer while wearing a similar hat in the city of Ferguson, Missouri.
Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was shot six times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, sparking a wave of protests and clashes between community members and police in the St. Louis suburb.
A delegation from the White House and civil rights leaders including Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson were among the hundreds expected to attend the funeral Monday morning. Celebrities including Spike Lee, P. Diddy and Snoop Dog are expected to attend as well.
White House Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, traveled to the funeral along with the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Marlon Marshall, and Heather Foster, adviser for the White House Office of Public Engagement. Marlon, a native of St. Louis, attended high school with the mother of Michael Brown, according to the White House.
Supporters lined up beginning early Monday morning outside of the Friendly Temple Baptist Church in St. Louis for the funeral.
Flowers and photos of Brown adorned the casket and the front of the altar ahead of the ceremony.
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