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Michael Brown's father calls for calm Monday, the day his son is laid to rest

By Eliott C. McLaughlin | 8/25/2014, 9:50 a.m.
Michael Brown will be laid to rest Monday, and his father says he just wants one thing: peace.
Michael Brown, Sr., the father of slain teen Michael Brown, asks protesters Sunday, August 24, 2014 for a 'day of silence' on Monday for his son's funeral. CNN

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FERGUSON, Missouri (CNN) -- Michael Brown will be laid to rest Monday, and his father says he just wants one thing: peace.

"Please, please take a day of silence so I can, so we can, lay our son to rest. Please. It's all I ask," Michael Brown Sr. said at a rally in St. Louis on Sunday.

His son,18, died on August 9 after being shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson.

His death sparked days of violent protests in the St. Louis suburb. In the past several days, things have calmed down, and the town is slowly coming back to life.

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**Embargo: St. Louis, MO** Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri was the site of Michael Brown's eulogy Monday, August 25, 2014.

Brown will be eulogized at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.

"We don't want anything tomorrow to happen that would defile the name of Michael Brown," the Rev. Al Sharpton said Sunday. "This is not about our rage tomorrow. It's about the legacy and memory of his son, and the mother's son, and their families."

On Monday, Michael Brown Sr.'s pastor, the Rev. Carlton Lee, said the community will respond to the call.

"I think the community hears it loud and clear," he told CNN's "New Day.

Funeral organizers released a list Monday morning detailing guests expected, but not confirmed, to attend.

The list includes the Rev. Al Sharpton; Martin Luther King III and the Rev. Bernice King; the Rev Jesse Jackson; the families of Trayvon Martin and Sean Bell; and celebrities Spike Lee, Diddy and Snoop Dogg.

The White House is sending three officials to his funeral, including one who attended high school with his mother.

One of them is Broderick Johnson, who leads the White House's My Brother's Keeper Task Force. He'll be joined by Marlon Marshall, a St. Louis native who attended high school with Brown's mother, and Heather Foster. Marshall and Foster are part of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Race tensions

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Michael Brown (far left), the teen shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri police August 9, 2014, stands with fellow graduates at Normandy High School Summer graduation. The May class had 120 graduates, the summer class had 11 graduates.

Two weeks after the shooting sparked violent protests, the mood turned more tranquil over the weekend, with smaller crowds and lots of music. Gone were police in riot gear and defiant protesters. The tear gas, rubber bullets and Molotov cocktails were nowhere to be seen, either.

In their place were clusters of officers, hanging around businesses, chatting with one another.

Music flowed at a memorial held Sunday at Greater St. Marks Missionary Baptist Church.

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. always had music as an element of protest," said the Rev. E.G. Shields Jr., who helped organize the event. "He knew there was a way that music helped soothe the soul."

Race has been at the forefront of the tensions; Brown was African-American, and the officer who shot him is white.

Wilson's supporters held a rally in St. Louis on Sunday, where organizers announced they had raised more than $400,000 for the officer.

St. Louis authorities have released details of the racial and gender makeup of the grand jury that started hearing testimony Wednesday. It is made up of six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man, said Paul Fox, the administrator for the St. Louis County Circuit Court.