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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A moment of silence vigil was held at the Civil Rights Memorial Center on Washington Avenue in Montgomery in memory of a black teen from Ferguson, Missouri who was shot and killed by a police officer last week.

Approximately 50 people were in attendance at the event, held in front of the Civil Rights Memorial, which honors the memory and achievements of those who died during the civil rights movement. The Southern Poverty Law Center coordinated the event.

The vigil was held for Michael Brown, an unarmed teen whose death has touched off a fury of protests in Missouri and other places.

River Region residents miles away from Ferguson say they're standing with the Brown family with a bag full of unanswered questions.

"It's time for us to just rip that Band-Aid off to reveal the open wounds of racism in the nation and to speak truth to power in light of all the injustices that are going on surrounding the Michael Brown situation," said Montgomery resident Marcus Collins.

"I think this has happened so many times in America and we can't keep ignoring it," Montgomery resident Angbeen Saleem said. "I think this is a really important moment for all of us of all races, of all creeds, of all religions to come together and make sure it doesn't happen again and actually try to do something about it."

President Obama is urging for "peace and calm" saying there is no excuse for excessive use of force by police against crowds protesting the death. At the same time, he said there was no excuse for violence against police. [READ MORE]

[SLIDESHOW: Crisis in Ferguson, MO]

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