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Dad, Others Rebuild Memorial to Michael Brown in Ferguson

Brown's father has a message for the men of the community.

August 09, 2018 - 5:16 pm

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX/AP) - On the 4th anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Brown's father has a message for the men of the community. 
He's asking them to be role models, and continue to "step up" in an effort to cut down on violent crime, and to "be there" for others in their time of need.

Michael Brown Sr. says he appreciates those who still reach out to him.  

"It's a process, definitely working on it," he says. "It's not helping being angry every day. So, I'm definitely moving forward and trying to work on forgiving myself, first."
The Michael Brown "Chosen For Change" Foundation held a vigil on Canfield in Ferguson to mark the anniversary.

Brown's father and a few dozen other people gathered in Ferguson on the eve of the fourth anniversary of his son's death and rebuilt a makeshift memorial. 

The group laid roses in the street where the 18-year-old Brown's body lay for hours on Aug. 9, 2014. There were songs, poems and prayer there Thursday.

Michael Brown Sr. says the site was "where everyone came together'' and "bonded as family.'' 

His son was unarmed when white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot him after the two had a confrontation. The killing led to months of protests. A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Wilson, who later resigned.