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White House aides to attend Michael Brown funeral

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending three White House aides to the funeral of Michael Brown, the young black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer sparked days of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Demonstrators chant at the steps of the National Portrait Gallery in during a protest against the shooting of Michael Brown
Demonstrators chant at the steps of the National Portrait Gallery in during a protest against the shooting of Michael Brown (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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.

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