- Cal Brown, who is married to Michael’s father, Michael Brown Sr., said she and ‘Mike Mike’ had been having conversations about God during the summer
- She said when she was in the hospital a month ago, he told her he was afraid she would ‘not make it’
- Speaking in front of thousands at the teen’s funeral service Monday, she said her step-son told her he’d been dreaming of death
- Mourners spilled out of the St Louis church service, which was attended by Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson
- Film director Spike Lee also attended as did three White House aides
- Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer on August 9, despite being unarmed
Michael brown’s step-mother told a church filled with mourners today how the 18-year-old had ‘prophesized his own death’ just weeks before he was shot and killed by a white policeman.
Cal Brown, who is married to Michael’s father, Michael Brown Sr., said that she and ‘Mike Mike’ had been having conversations about God during the summer and that when she was in the hospital a month ago, he told her he was afraid she would ‘not make it.’
Speaking in front of thousands at the teen’s funeral service Monday, she said her step-son told her he’d been dreaming of death.
‘Mike Mike told me, “I didn’t think you were going to make it.” And I said why and he said, “Because I’ve been dreaming of death, seeing pictures of death, seeing pictures of bloody sheets hanging on clotheslines,”‘ she said.
THinking of death: Michael brown’s step-mother, Cal Brown, pictured, told a church filled with mourners how the 18-year-old had ‘prothesized his own death’ just weeks before he was shot and killed by a white policeman
Sad: A large poster of Michael Brown is seen next to his coffin at the St. Louis church
‘That touched me. That’s what it was like when he was laying there on the street (after being shot). He prophesized his own death.’
The eulogy came as relatives and supporters including Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson said goodbye to the young man, remembering him as a ‘gentle soul’ with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day ‘the world would know his name.’
Mourners spilled out of the massive Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis for the funeral, which began with upbeat music punctuated by clapping.
Some mourners danced in place, and ushers passed out water and tissues.
Eric Davis, one of Brown’s cousins, urged the crowd to go to the polls and push for change, saying the community has had ‘enough of the senseless killings.’
Brown’s uncle, Bernard Ewing, described Brown as a ‘big guy, but a kind, gentle soul.’
Overcome: Lesley McSpadden appears overwhelmed with grief during the service
Mother: Michael Brown’s mother is seen wiping tears from her eyes as she finally gets to lay her son to rest
Saying goodbye: Michael Brown’s family sit together at the service to remember their loved one
Crowded: Hundred of people crammed into the humble St. Louis church on Monday
People gather outside of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church as Michael Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden, right, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Jesse Jackson follow the casket during the funeral for Michael Brown
He recalled his nephew once telling the family that someday his name would be known by the wider world.
‘He did not know he was offering up a divine prophecy at that time,’ Ewing said.
Another uncle, pastor Charles Ewing, said in his eulogy that Brown’s ‘blood is crying from the ground, crying for vengeance, crying for justice.’
All the while his mother, Lesley McSpadden wiped tears from her eyes inside the church.
The church’s sanctuary, which seats about 2,500, filled quickly. Overflow rooms holding another 2,000 were full, too.
With the church at capacity, many people could not get in and instead waited outside, crowded into shady areas on a day when the temperature was expected to come close to 100 degrees.
Ambulance crews were on hand in case of any heat-related illnesses.
Poster-size photos of Brown, wearing headphones, were on each side of the closed casket, which had a St. Louis Cardinals ball cap atop it.
Large projection screens showed a photo of Brown clutching his high school diploma while wearing his cap and gown.
Funeral: Family, friends and high profile supporters including Jesse Jackson and Spike Lee arrive at the funeral of Michael Brown on Monday
Service: Rev. Al Sharpton attended the young man’s funeral and addressed the crowd
Supporters: Spike Lee is seen inside the church next to Michael Brown’s coffin
Peace: His father, Michael Brown Sr., has asked protesters to take a break and observe a ‘day of silence’ so the family can grieve
He had been scheduled to start training at a technical school two days after his death. He wanted to become a heating and air-conditioning technician.
Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., has asked protesters to take a break Monday and observe a ‘day of silence’ so the family can grieve.
‘Tomorrow all I want is peace,’ he told hundreds of people Sunday in St. Louis’ largest city park during brief remarks at a festival that promotes peace over violence. ‘That’s all I ask.’
Early Monday morning, Brown’s request appeared to be honored. At the Ferguson Police Department, where a small but steady group of protesters have stood vigil for two weeks, a handmade sign announced a ‘break for funeral.’
The West Florissant Avenue commercial corridor was also devoid of protesters, whose ranks have typically swelled as days turned to nights.
Brown was unarmed when he was shot August 9 by officer Darren Wilson, who is white.
A grand jury is considering evidence in the case, and a federal investigation is also underway.
Police have said a scuffle broke out after Wilson told Brown and a friend to move out of the street and onto a sidewalk.
Police said Wilson was pushed into his squad car and physically assaulted. Some witnesses have reported seeing Brown’s arms in the air – an act of surrender. An autopsy found Brown was shot at least six times.
Tears: McSpadden wipes a tear as she stands by her son’s casket on Monday
Father: Michael Brown Sr., pictured at the funeral today, had called for a day of peace
Support: Hundreds descended on the church to show their support for the slayed teen
Mourning: Lesley McSpadden is flanked by family as she arrives at her son’s service
Full: Scores of people turned up to attend the funeral in St. Louis after protests raged night after night
In honor: The unarmed teen was gunned down by a white cop on August 9th, prompting angry protests about race
Hands up, don’t shoot: Guests raise their hands to protest the tragic shooting
Crowds: Thousands of supporters attended the public funeral
Family members denounced a video released by police, who say it shows Brown snatching some cigars in a convenience store just before he was killed.
In the video, the person said to be Brown is seen grabbing a clerk by the shirt and forcefully pushing him into a display rack.
Family and friends say Brown was an aspiring rapper with a gentle, joking manner who dubbed himself ‘Big Mike.’
He was good at fixing things, liked computer games, the rapper Lil Wayne, Drake, the movie ‘Grown Ups 2,’ and the TV show ‘Family Guy.’
‘We don’t want anything tomorrow to happen that might defile the name of Michael Brown,’ Sharpton said as he stood next to Brown’s father on Sunday.
‘This is not about our rage tomorrow. It’s about the legacy and memory of his son.’
President Barack Obama sent three White House aides. Others in attendance included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, moviemaker Spike Lee and entertainer Sean Combs, as well as many local and regional civil rights leaders.
Among the mourners was Will Acklin, a black man from Little Rock, Arkansas.
‘It’s important in that as a child I was pushed by police, mistreated by police, cursed by police, and I was a good kid,’ said Acklin, who is 63.
Father of slain teen Michael Brown, Michael Brown, Sr., left, and Reverend Al Sharpton, right, gesture to the crowd at Peace Fest, Sunday in St. Louis
Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother, appears at Peace Fest, Sunday
‘I was an honor student. When I heard this, I felt compelled to come here and show my respects.’
Angela Pierre, a machine operator who once lived in Ferguson, where the shooting happened and fueled nearly two weeks of street protests, said she hopes the funeral helps turn a page and eases tensions.
Most important, though, she hopes it provides healing for Brown’s family.
‘I really wanted to just be here today to pray for the family and pray for peace,”‘said Pierre, 48, who is black.
‘When all of this dies down, there still a mother, father and a family who’s lost someone. Sometimes a lot of the unrest takes away from that.’
Monday also marked the first day back at school for students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Classes were scheduled to begin August 14 but postponed due to safety concerns.
School personnel have received training in how to deal with students who may be experiencing stress related to the shooting and its aftermath.
‘I’m excited,’ said Marcus Baker, a junior at McCluer South-Berkeley High School. ‘We’re ready to move forward. But we’re still going to remember him.’