The funeral services for Michael Brown, the black teenager killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, brought the national news spotlight back to suburban St. Louis on Monday. Mourners filled the 2,500-seat main auditorium of Friendly Temple Baptist Church, as well as several other areas with closed circuit television access. People lined up hours before the service was to begin, some traveling from as far as Texas and Ohio to attend.
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and two children of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were seated near the family in the front of the sanctuary. Numerous elected leaders such as U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, both Missouri Democrats, were there. St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who has spread news of the Ferguson protests on social media, came, and so did Mayor Francis Slay.