Heartbreaking Moment Alton Sterling’s Son Breaks Down At His Father’s Open Casket Funeral

Shot To Death

Hundreds of mourners walked past the 37-year-old’s open casket to pay their last respects. Sterling was shot dead by two white police officers who pinned him down outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge. He had been selling CDs there for over six years.
Shot To Death

When Will It End?

His son broke down at the sight of his father in the open casket. The 15-year-old boy wore a tie with Alton Sterling's image and the words ‘when will it end?’
When Will It End?

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The funeral was held at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ten days after he was shot. Alton Sterling's aunt, who helped raise him, had to be restrained by two men after seeing her nephew, who was killed on July 5 .
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

No Protesters Allowed

A spokesman for the Sterling family, Gary Chambers, said at the beginning of the funeral that the day was intended to be a celebration of Sterling’s life – not an opportunity for demonstrations about his death. ‘If you want to protest please leave now,’ he said. That included two senior advisers to President Barack Obama.
No Protesters Allowed

"Black America I'm Sorry"

Alton Sterling was selling CDs outside the store, as he had done for years. The police received a call of a man threatening someone with a gun and responded to that call. Sterling’s death was captured on cellphone video, and it has been seen widely on the internet. His death, almost at the same time as Philando Castile's in Minnesota last week, also by a police officer, has outraged the public opinion.
"Black America I'm Sorry"

Attendants

Among those that attended Sterling’s funeral were civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, the Baton Rouge Metro Council’s Chauna Banks, the Nation of Islam’s Robert Muhammed, and Rev. Al Sharpton. President Obama met with Alton’s son Cameron Sterling before the service and offered his condolences.
Attendants

Save The Nation

Elvin Sterling Jr., a relative of Alton, said: “America needed to see who God was using as a sacrifice,” “To open the eyes of America.” The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr. led a call and response with mourners: “Stop the violence, save the children. Stop the violence, save the nation.”
Save The Nation