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WATCH: Thousands of Mourners Gather for Michael Brown Funeral

Michael Brown, the unarmed eighteen-year-old who was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson earlier this month, will be laid to rest Monday. Family and friends are expected to speak about Brown, who was set to begin college just days after he was killed, with a eulogy to be delivered by MSNBC anchor Al Sharpton.

Brown’s father called for peace and calm around his son’s funeral. Thousands are expected to attend the funeral — which is public by the request of Brown’s parents — including the parents of Trayvon Martin, who was shot over two years ago in an incident that led to an acrimonious debate about race and violence.

Brown’s death sparked weeks of protest, rekindling debates over racial disparities in law enforcement and violence toward African American communities, and sparking a new debate over militarized police tactics.

UPDATE: Watch Al Sharpton’s Eulogy below:

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