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Parents of Teen Killed for Playing Loud Music Join Fr. Pfleger at Mass Marking Anniversary of Michael Brown's Death

Evidence showed that a Florida man fired shots during a heated argument about loud music in 2014 and struck 17-year-old Jordan Davis, killing him

Fr. Michael Pfleger invited the parents of a Georgia teenager who was shot to death in 2012 for allegedly playing music too loudly to a mass Sunday marking the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri.

Pfleger posted a message to Facebook Saturday saying the parents of Jordan Davis would attend the 11:15 a.m. mass at St. Sabina the next day to "remember all the young folks who have been killed, whether by police, trigger happy vigilantes or by brothers on the block." 

The St. Sabina pastor also called for an "END OF THIS GENOCIDE" in his facebook post.

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Tomorrow Aug. 9th is the 1 year anniversary of the Murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson...tomorrow at our 11:15 Service... Posted by Father Michael Pfleger on Saturday, August 8, 2015

Lucia McBath, Davis' mother, grew up in suburban Joliet. She told NBC Chicago her father was also president of the Illinois NAACP.

Davis, who was 17 at the time of his death, was killed by 47-year-old Michael Dunn of Florida. Evidence showed that Dunn fired several shots during a heated argument over the volume of music coming from the SUV carrying Davis and three other teenagers.

Dunn was sentenced to life in prison without parole in October last year.

An unarmed Brown was shot to death by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Police said Brown stole items from a convenience store and shoved the owner who tried to stop him. Moments later, Brown and a friend were walking on a street when Wilson told them to move to the sidewalk.

A confrontation ensued inside Wilson's police car and spilled outside. Wilson claimed Brown came at him menacingly, which led him to shoot Brown. Some witnesses claimed Brown had his hands up in surrender. Federal officials concluded there was no evidence to disprove testimony by Wilson that he feared for his safety, nor was there reliable evidence that Brown had his hands up in surrender when he was shot.

Davis' parents gathered at St. Sabina Church to remember their son, Brown and other young people killed by gun violence.

"For me, I carry a great burden today particularly for Michael Brown's family and for all the families and victims who haven't received justice," McBath said. "I feel compelled because I did receive justice."

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