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Brown’s Cousin: ‘Enough of the Senseless Killings’

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People attend the funeral of Michael Brown inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on August 25, 2014 in St. Louis Missouri. Michael Brown, an 18 year-old unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the nearby town of Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. His death caused several days of violent protests along with rioting and looting in Ferguson. (Photo by Robert Cohen-Pool/Getty Images)

People attend the funeral of Michael Brown inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on August 25, 2014 in St. Louis Missouri. Michael Brown, an 18 year-old unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the nearby town of Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. His death caused several days of violent protests along with rioting and looting in Ferguson. (Photo by Robert Cohen-Pool/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Relatives of 18-year-old Michael Brown called on those attending his funeral to push for change and help end “the senseless killings.”

Thousands of people turned out Monday to honor Brown, who was fatally shot on Aug. 9 by a police officer in Ferguson.

The funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis began with upbeat music punctuated by clapping and even some dancing. Relatives recalled Brown as a gentle soul with a deep and growing faith in Christianity.

His cousin, Eric Davis, urged those in attendance to go to the polls and push for change. He told the crowd: “We have had enough of the senseless killings.”

Brown’s uncle, Bernard Ewing, recalled Brown as a “big guy, but a kind, gentle soul.”

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