Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson

5 years 3 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, September 23 2014 Sep 23, 2014 Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:00:00 AM CDT September 23, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

FERGUSON (AP) - A fire has destroyed one of two memorials at the site where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson.

Ferguson resident Meldon Moffitt said the fire started around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday on Canfield Drive, the street where Brown was fatally shot Aug. 9 by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

About two dozen residents gathered at the site Tuesday morning, many of them angry. One man said it was like a grave being desecrated.

Ferguson police spokesman Devin James said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Brown's death led to several days of protests and unrest in Ferguson. Investigations into the shooting by a state grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice are ongoing.

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