Ferguson, MO (KTRS) Family, friends, and the community are preparing to say goodbye to a long-time political figure who has been described as a symbol of hope for the city of Ferguson.
That’s what was expressed toward the late Councilman Brian Fletcher at Tuesday night’s Ferguson City Council meeting. Mayor James Knowles said Fletcher really brought the north community together, especially during the civil unrest. “The I Heart Ferguson group that he started really helped bring a large segment of the community together, but also give people that there was a light at the end of the tunnel when we were facing some of our darkest days. “
Monday night’s meeting was packed with residents, many who were wearing shirts displaying “I Love Ferguson,” the organization Fletcher founded founded during the civil unrest.
Sandra Hunter was one of those residents: “Brian has been ill for awhile and we’ve just been lucky that he’s been able to keep going. He’s spent so much time and so much effort on things going on in Ferguson. He’s just been so devoted, more than anyone that I know.”
Fletcher passed away suddenly on Sunday due to a heart condition, according to family members.
The visitation will be held at Hutchens Mortuary in Florissant from today from 4 p.m until 9 p.m. A funeral Mass is scheduled on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in Ferguson.
Meanwhile, the mayor and the city council will begin the process of appointing someone to fill Fletcher’s seat next week. Knowles says so far there are no candidates in mind.