(AP) Relatives of 18-year-old Michael Brown have 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, a St. Louis suburb.
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."
The Rev. Al Sharpton, meanwhile, says the country needs to come to terms with the fact that something is wrong in America, in the wake of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Sharpton delivered the eulogy at Brown's funeral Monday in St. Louis. Brown was killed Aug. 9 in a confrontation with a police officer in nearby Ferguson.
Sharpton told thousands of mourners that something is wrong when money is provided to give military equipment to police, but there isn't enough money for public schools. He called Brown's death a seminal moment in the country.
Sharpton also said police officers who are wrong need to be dealt with.
A grand jury is deciding whether the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, will face criminal charges. The Justice Department also is investigating.