Thousands mourn at the funeral for Michael Brown

BY Associated Press  August 25, 2014 at 12:18 PM EST

The parents of Michael Brown, the young black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer sparked days of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, are calling for a “day of silence” Monday when thousands are expected to attend Brown’s funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.

“Tomorrow all I want is peace,” Michael Brown Sr. told a crowd of hundreds gathered at a park in St. Louis on Sunday.

President Barack Obama is sending three White House aides to the funeral of Michael Brown.

Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden is comforted during the funeral services for her son inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Photo by Robert Cohen-Pool/Getty Images

Michael Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden is comforted during the funeral services for her son inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Photo by Robert Cohen-Pool/Getty Images

Leading the group for Monday’s service will be the chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, Broderick Johnson. My Brother’s Keeper is an Obama initiative that aims to empower young minorities.

Also attending will be the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Marlon Marshall, and an adviser for the office, Heather Foster.

The White House says Marshall is a St. Louis native and attended high school with Brown’s mother.

Michael Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.