The family of the man whose death at the hands of cops in Baton Rouge earlier this month sparked a new wave of protests on Sunday called for peace on Sunday in the wake of the fatal shooting of three officers in the Louisiana city.
"We are peaceful people," she told a local news station, pleading for nonviolence and decrying "senseless murder."
The fatal shooting of her nephew on July 5 — and a video of the incident that quickly went viral — sparked protests in Baton Rouge and throughout the nation. The anger of those protests was reinforced when Philando Castile was killed by police in Minnesota just a day later, also on video.
"We don't call for no bloodshed," Washington-Abusaleh said. "That's how this all started."
She then said that she knew what it was like to be on the receiving end of a phone call that announced the death of a family member.
"At the end of the day when these people call these families and they tell them that their daddies and their mamas not coming home no more, I know how they feel because I got the same phone call... stop this killing."