His Father Gone, Alton Sterling's 15-Year-Old Son Weeps

Scholarship fund set up for Cameron and his siblings has raised $275K
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2016 7:23 AM CDT

Amid the outrage over Alton Sterling's Tuesday death at the hands of Baton Rouge police, an event that was captured in two released bystander videos, a sorrow-drenched third video: On Wednesday, Sterling's 15-year-old son Cameron covered his face with his collar and wept as mother Quinyetta McMillon addressed news cameras. "The individuals involved in his murder took away a man with children who depended upon their daddy on a daily basis. My son [Cameron] is not the youngest. He is the oldest of his siblings. He is 15 years old. He had to watch this as this was put all over the outlets." ABC News reports McMillion added, "As a mother, I have now been forced to raise a son who is going to remember what happened to his father."

At one point, Cameron cries "Daddy!" He's consoled by others before being led off. A scholarship fund set up by actress Issa Rae in the name of Cameron and his younger siblings on GoFundMe has as of this writing raised more than $275,000. She tweeted, "Some of us feel helpless when these things happen, but [the fund is] a small step." ABC News reports video from Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II's dislodged body cameras, as well as in-car camera video, does exist, but it has not been released and it is unclear what it shows. The rapper Drake on Wednesday posted an open letter to Instagram that reads in part, "I woke up this morning with a strong need to say something. ... No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues." (More Alton Sterling stories.)

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