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President Obama Calls Michael Brown's Death 'Heartbreaking,' Asks for 'Reflection'

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President Obama is calling for calm in the wake of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown over the weekend. In a statement, POTUS called Brown’s death “heartbreaking,” and urged Americans to pray for the slain teen’s family.   

“The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time," he said.

"I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that's what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve."

Mr. Obama added that the Justice Department would be investigating the incident, together with local officials. The FBI announced that it would be looking into possible civil rights violations stemming from the incident.

The president was earlier criticized for speaking out about comedian Robin Williams' death and not Michael Brown's.

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