Michael Brown was laid to rest on Monday morning in St. Louis, Missouri.
The home going celebration was held at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church where family, friends, politicians and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the life of the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. According to CNN, the sanctuary, which holds 2,500 people, was filled to capacity, with an overflow auditorium also full.
“You don’t understand that Michael Brown does not want to be remembered for a riot,” Rev. Al Sharpton said during the eulogy. “He wants to be remembered as the one that made America deal with how we’re going to police in the United States.”
Many celebrities also flocked to St. Louis to attend the services, including Spike Lee, David Banner and Tom Joyner.
“Our Brother Mike Brown’s St. Louis Cardinals Hat Lays Upon His Casket Here At The Home Going Celebration Here At The Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist St. Louis,” Spike wrote on Twitter, including an image of Brown’s casket.
Before the funeral, Brown’s father called for calm and restfulness in the streets of Ferguson so he can funeralize his son in peace. “Please, please take a day of silence so I can, so we can, lay our son to rest,” he said during a rally in St. Louis. “Please. It’s all I ask.”