(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Hundreds of mourners gathered to say their final goodbyes to Alton Sterling, the 37-year-old man who died after being shot multiple times during an altercation with the police, at his funeral service Friday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Gospel music filled Southern University’s F.G. Clark Activity Center as people lined up to pay their respects to Sterling during the visitation. Many dressed in black mourning attire, but others wore “Black Lives Matter” shirts.
Sterling’s death, on July 5, was captured by witnesses in graphic videos and sparked nationwide protests. The U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division will investigate the shooting.
Sterling’s eldest son, Cameron Sterling, broke down during a press conference last week, crying out, “Daddy!” and seeming inconsolable. The 15-year-old stood before President Obama Thursday and asked the president to keep his “family safe” and to “unite all the races of the world.”
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