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Alton Sterling Sent Off With an Emotional Public Wake
Tears flowed as a crowd of a few thousand assembled at Southern University to remember Alton Sterling, who was shot by police last week.
A steady stream of mourners filed past the casket of Alton Sterling, the 37-year-old black man who was shot to death by two white police officers as he was pinned to the pavement outside a convenience store. The grieving paused Friday in front of Sterling's open casket, which was adorned with music notes and a smiling photo of the man. Sterling was selling CDs outside the store, as he had done for years, when he was killed by police responding to a call of a man threatening someone with a gun.
Friends, family and the general public pay their respects. Sterling's occasion started with a gospel choir singing hymns, as many in the crowd of a couple thousand joined in. Gary Chambers, a spokesman for the Sterling family and master of ceremonies for the funeral, said at the beginning that the event was intended to be a celebration of Sterling's life -- not an opportunity for demonstrations about his death.
Mourners dance as they attend the funeral.
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