Alton Sterling was killed in an officer-involved police shooting July 5 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Since then, America has dealt with the news of the officer-involved shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota, five officer deaths in Dallas, and, on Sunday, the death of three officers in Baton Rouge.
Unable to handle the violence anymore, Sterling’s aunt, Veda Washington-Abusaleh, spoke up in an interview with WVLA.
In front of a memorial for her nephew, she tearfully said, “We don’t call for no bloodshed. That’s how this all started – with bloodshed. We don’t want no more bloodshed.”
She begged any wrongdoers to leave the community alone and to think of the children of the dead:
"You can’t come in our house killing us. That’s what you’re doing because at the end of the day when these people call these families, they tell them that their daddies and their mommas are not coming home no more. I know how they feel because I got the same phone call. No justice. No justice! No justice! No peace! That’s what we’re calling for. Stop this killing! Stop this killing! Stop this killing!"
Sterling’s 15-year-old son, Cameron, made a similar request for peace and nonviolence.