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In Ferguson, Michael Brown anniversary marked with marches, minutes of silence

On the anniversary of Michael Brown's death, hundreds of people gathered in Ferguson, Missouri, to take part in a march and observe nearly five minutes of silence.

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The silence began at 12:02 p.m. Sunday, the time Brown was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014, and lasted 4.5 minutes to represent the 4.5 hours his body remained in the street, The Associated Press reports. The march was led by Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., who thanked supporters for not letting his son's death be "swept under the carpet." A church service was held later in the day, and Brown also took part in a parade on Saturday. Some protests occurred, including one outside of the Ferguson police headquarters, but none were close to the size of the demonstrations that took place following the shooting.