Pool/ABC News(ST. LOUIS) — Michael Brown, the Ferguson, Missouri teen shot dead by a police officer, had dreams and visions of death in the weeks before his controversial shooting, his stepmother said Monday at Brown’s funeral in St. Louis.
Cal Brown, who’s married to Michael’s father, referred to her stepson as “Mike Mike.” She said that they had been having conversations about God this summer and when she was in the hospital a month ago, he told Cal Brown that he was afraid she would “not make it.”
“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,’” Cal Brown 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 prophesized his own death.”
Cal Brown was one of many speakers sharing reflections on Michael Brown’s life and death during the funeral, which attracted hundreds of mourners Monday, including a delegation from the White House and civil rights leaders.
Brown, 18, died after a police officer in his hometown of Ferguson shot him at least six times, including twice in the head. The cop had told Brown to get on the sidewalk instead of walking in the street, leading to the confrontation that ended with Brown’s body lying in the street for hours.
His death set off a wave of clashes between community members and police for more than 10 days after the shooting. A grand jury is currently hearing evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the shooting.
Many speakers at the funeral spoke of freedom, justice and equal rights, and also called for peace. A full choir and band punctuated the prayers and speeches, frequently bringing hundreds of attendees to their feet clapping.
Many speakers cited Brown’s growing faith and interest in religion in the weeks before his death. Cal Brown said she and Michael had recently completed reading the Biblical books of Genesis and Revelation together.
“He was truly curious about what God had to offer,” she said. “He had opened his heart to God.”
A St. Louis Cardinals hat was placed atop Michael Brown’s black and gold coffin Monday morning. He was wearing a smilar hat when he was killed.
Among the funeral attendees were Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson, along with White House Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. Johnson traveled to the funeral with the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Marlon Marshall, and Heather Foster, adviser for the White House Office of Public Engagement. Marshall, a native of St. Louis, attended high school with Michael Brown’s mother, according to the White House.
Supporters lined up beginning early Monday morning outside of the Friendly Temple Baptist Church in St. Louis for the funeral, which began at 11 a.m. EST.
Flowers and photos of Brown adorned the casket and the front of the altar ahead of the ceremony.
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