Vigils held in D.C., across nation to remember victim of Ferguson, Missouri police shooting

Hundreds at Meridian Hill Park call for justice for Michael Brown. (AP photo)

WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - Vigils were held Thursday night in D.C. and across the country to honor Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old killed by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer.

Hundreds gathered at Meridian Hill Park as D.C. joined more than 90 cities nationwide observing the National Moment of Silence at 7 p.m.

In New York, about 1,000 people marched peacefully in Manhattan's Union Square. In Nevada, about 40 people gathered outside the federal courthouse in Reno.

The events came in the wake of Brown's shooting, which has sparked days of unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Rallies were also held at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, near where Brown was shot, and in cities from Baltimore to Los Angeles.

Many participants wore a red ribbon, cloth or bandanna in a show of solidarity against what organizers say was a case of police brutality. The crowds called for justice for Brown.

The vigils nationwide happened less than 24 hours after a peaceful protest march in Missouri turned chaotic. Hundreds were again marching through the streets of Ferguson on Thursday night.