According to ABC News on Monday, the funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year old who was killed by a police on Aug. 9 was held at the Friendly Temple Baptist Church in St. Louis. Fox News reports that thousands attended including Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, a delegation from the White House, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Bishop T. D. Jakes, Martin King, III, Bernice King, Dr. Jamal Bryant, Spike Lee, Tom Joyner, P. Diddy, Snoop Dog, Trayvon Martin's parents, parents of Trayvon Martin, and many civil rights activists and clergy.
There were many speeches at the funeral including touching remarks from the teenager's stepmother. Cal Brown, who is married to Michael's father, told the congregation that Mike Mike, as she affectionately calls him, had been having dreams about death in the weeks before he died. When she was in the hospital a month ago, he told her he was afraid she wouldn't make it because he had been dreaming about death, seeing pictures of death, and seeing pictures of bloody sheets hanging on clotheslines. The stepmother told the church filled with mourners, "That touched me. That’s what it was like when he was laying there on the street (after being shot). He prophesied his own death."
The stepmother said they had been having conversations about God this summer, and they had recently completed reading together the books of Genesis (the first book in the Bible) and Revelation (the last book in the Bible). She concluded, "He was truly curious about what God had to offer. He had opened his heart to God." In addition to what his stepmother said, many speakers cited Brown's growing faith and interest in religion in the weeks before his death.