Alton Sterling Funeral
Alton Sterling, the man who was fatally shot by Baton Rouge police while selling CDs outside of a convenience store, was laid to rest at Southern University on Friday (July 15).
Thousands of mourners attended the emotional funeral service where Alton was remembered as a loving man. Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson addressed the issue of police brutality and issued a call for change during their remarks.
Rev. Sharpton stated:
Despite the fact that a grave injustice has happened, you have held your heads high with great dignity and with a example of what this nation should be. But let us not beat around the bush. This is wrong.
I don’t care how saved you are, how holy you are, wrong is wrong. And some of us are so busy to get past this (but) you can’t get past it until you deal with it. Wrong must be corrected and the wrong must be held accountable.
Rev. Jackson added:
The young man who killed the police in Texas should not have done it. He was not trained by Black Lives Matter. He came out of the military.
This young man that did the killing in Texas was a product of our sickness. The blood flowing in our streets is so devastating, it makes strong men and women cry, it mobilizes a nation. Three acts of violence did what 10,000 sermons could not do – make us look at the mirror, and we don’t like what we see.
We must choose bridges over walls. Walls divide, bridges connect. We apologize, Alton, we could have done better when you were alive.
Abdullah Muflahi, the owner of the Triple S convenience story where Alton Sterling was killed, remembered him a guy who “made a place in everyone’s heart.”
“He showed me a lot of love. He looked out for me. He was friendly, welcoming. He was truly the meaning of southern hospitality,” Muflahi said.
“He made himself a place in everyone’s heart, whether they was young, old. I know this because he made himself a place in mine. It’s just sad to see that we’re going to have an empty spot in front of the store. I’m gonna miss how we used to joke, how we used to make fun of each other.”
Rest in grace, Alton.