Approximately 1,000 gathered in Ferguson over the weekend to remember Michael Brown, Jr., who was shot and killed one year ago by a then-Ferguson police officer. Events started Thursday evening and continue through Tuesday to commemorate Brown.
During a ceremony Sunday, the crowd observed 4-1/2 minutes of silence around noon, then counted down 30 seconds before the release of a white dove. About a dozen people, including his father, Michael Brown Sr., spoke about the shooting.
A 1.5 mile silent march included many marchers holding signs that said “Stop killing black children,” and “Black lives matter.” The marchers walked up West Florissant Avenue and across Chambers Road to Greater St. Mark Family Church.
Dozens of stuffed animals were lined up on the street as a tribute to Brown, alongside balloons and candles.
Brown, who was an unarmed black 18-year-old was gunned down August 9, 2014 by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. The killing spurred national attention over race and policing, as well as weeks of demonstrations and violence in Ferguson.