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Michael Brown Sr. addressed hundreds in St. Louis' largest park on the even of his funeral following this month's controversial shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

What did he ask for, with the eyes of a nation on him?

"Tomorrow all I want is peace," the grieving father of the late teenager pleaded at a festival that promotes peace over violence. "That's all I ask."

The more than two weeks since the younger Brown's death have been marked by nightly protests, some of them violent and chaotic, in the St. Louis suburb.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who was set to speak Monday at the funeral for the teenager shot and killed by a police officer, echoed his request for peace.

"We don't want anything tomorrow to happen that might defile the name of Michael Brown," Sharpton said. "This is not about our rage tomorrow."

"It's about the legacy and memory of his son."

Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, told the crowd that McSpadden and her family saw Brown's body for the first time today since the shooting.

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The MTV Video Music Awards are known for the salacious and outrageous, but things turned jarringly serious last night thanks to rapper and actor Common.

He paid tribute to slain Missouri teen Michael Brown, while MTV also aired two public service announcements about the civil rights protests his death inspired.

While presenting the award for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards' Best Hip Hop video, Common asked the audience to take a moment of silence for Michael Brown.

“Hip hop has always presented a voice for the revolution,” the 42-year-old artist said. “I want us all to take a moment of silence for Mike Brown."

Moreover, he called "for peace in this country, and in the world.”

Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this month, sparking protests, riots and a national controversy.

Darren Wilson, a white officer, shot Brown six times.

The star-studded audience at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. obliged Common‘s request for Michael Brown to be acknowledged before the show proceeded.

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