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(NBC News) -- Well-known activists, politicians and celebrities were gathering Monday at a St. Louis church for the funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old shot dead by a police officer two weeks ago. The list of VIPs expected to attend the service includes director Spike Lee, rapper Snoop Dogg, music mogul Diddy, comedian Nick Cannon. The parents of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teen fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida in 2012, and relatives of Sean Bell, who was killed by New York City police officers in 2006, were also expected to be at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church. The White House sent three representatives.

Brown's parents have asked for a day of silence without the protests that turned the suburb of Ferguson into a flashpoint for racial tensions after Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, shot the black teen at least six times during a midday confrontation. The family's attorney, Benjamin Crump, will read a statement during the service.

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