(WBIR, Knoxville) - An East Tennessee church met in prayer Monday morning to pray for peace in Ferguson, Mo. ahead of Michael Brown's funeral, the teen shot in Ferguson by a police officer more than two weeks ago.

Several dozen people gathered at Tabernacle Baptist Church in East Knoxville and took turns praying for Brown's family and also peace and justice in Ferguson. Pastor Christopher Battle says he wants this service to bring the entire community closer together.

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"What happens in Ferguson, what happens in New York, what happens in Florida, it can easily happen here in Knoxville. I think we need to see that we are a community. Our goal for today was not for this to be an African-American prayer vigil, but it was to be for those that love peace, that love justice and for those that strive for the betterment of mankind," said Battle.

The service was held one hour before Brown's funeral.