Shooting death of Michael Brown by police sparks social media response

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Lesley McSpadden, left, is comforted by her husband, Louis Head, after her 18-year-old son, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by police in the middle of the street in Ferguson, Mo., near St. Louis on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. A spokesman with the St. Louis County Police Department, which is investigating the shooting at the request of the local department, confirmed a Ferguson police officer shot the man. The spokesman didn't give the reason for the shooting. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

Following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, MO, social media exploded with photos, videos and calls for support.

The teen’s grandmother, Desiree Harris, reported seeing her grandson running through her neighborhood shortly before the shooting took place, according to the AP.

Brown was a recent high school graduate who was looking forward to starting his college career in less than a week, the teen’s mother,Lesley McSpadden told KSDK.

A spokesperson from the St. Louis County Police Department, who will conduct the investigation into the shooting, confirmed it was a Ferguson police officer but did not provide a reason for the shooting.

Local NAACP leaders are calling for a federal investigation of the incident.

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