Thousands gather at Southern University for the burial of Alton Sterling

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY)— Ten days after the officer-involved shooting death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, his body was laid to rest in his hometown of Baton Rouge.

Thousands of people from across the state have gathered at Southern University F.G. Clark activity center, to celebrate the life of Alton Sterling.

Louisiana State Representative, Ted James tells News 10, “We’ve had several days of peaceful demonstrations here honoring his life and today’s the day I think that we pause and reflect and really focus on giving him a good home going celebration.”

Baton Rouge Metro Council, Regina tells KLFY,

“What is the process if you’re stopped by the police? And I have to tell you that really saddens me that black mothers have to reiterate with their sons, when you’re stopped by the police, this is the process that you need to do. This is what you need to say or this is how you need to react because, at the end of the day I can always come get you, if I need to I can come get you from jail, but I can’t come get you if you’re dead.”

A crowdfunding campaign to raise scholarship money for sterling’s children has reached nearly $715,000 in only eight days.

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