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Ferguson rally marks fatal shooting of Michael Brown

A crowd marched on West Florissant Avenue during a rally in Ferguson, Mo.

Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

A crowd marched on West Florissant Avenue during a rally in Ferguson, Mo.

FERGUSON, Mo. — Hundreds converged on Ferguson on Saturday to march for Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer three weeks ago to the day.

The teenager’s death stoked national discourse about police tactics and race, a conversation which the rally’s organizers pledged to continue.

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Led by Brown’s parents and other relatives, Saturday’s throng peacefully marched down Canfield Drive in the St. Louis suburb to a makeshift memorial that marked the spot where the teenager was shot Aug. 9 by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

‘‘We know that his life is not going to be in vain,’’ the Rev. Spencer Booker of St. Louis’s St. Paul AME Church said into a megaphone, standing in the middle of the street amid candles, placards, stuffed animals, and now-wilted flowers. ‘‘We know you’re going to even the score, God. We know you’re going to make the wrong right.’’

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Brown’s parents — mother Lesley McSpadden and father Michael Brown Sr. — encircled the memorial with other family members during prayers.

Hours later, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the suburban police department and fire station, blocking the road.

Fiery speeches delivered by way of speakers mounted on a car gave way to another march, with chants of ‘‘If we can’t have it, we’re shutting it down.’’

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Some lobbed angry insults at a line of Ferguson officers and State Highway Patrol troopers who stood guard at a taped-off section of the city parking lot, but the numbers of protesters dwindled to double digits by late afternoon.

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