Thousands of mourners are attending the funeral of slain teenager Michael Brown at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Michael Brown’s mother, Leslie McSpadden, wiped away tears as she stood at the coffin that holds her son’s body. The sanctuary, which holds 2,500 people, is filled to capacity, and an overflow auditorium is also full. Hundreds are still lined up outside in the city’s sweltering heat. Retired mail carrier Hilliard Phillips, who once delivered on the street where Brown was killed, was among the mourners. He said there’s power in numbers, and he hoped the outpouring of support for Brown and his family would spur society to take a look at itself. “You can’t really overnight change the behavior of a person, but sometimes they can be coerced in a sweet way. … I would hope they could see people coming together in a solemn way to show their respect to someone,” he said. (KHOU)
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