Thousands Expected To Attend Funeral Service For Alton Sterling Today
The funeral for Alton Sterling will be held today at the Southern University F.G. Clark Activity Center. The Sterling family’s spokesperson, Gary Chambers, says between 3,000 and 5,000 people are expected to attend, including some big name speakers.
“We’re going to have today US Congressman Cedric Richmond, the Rev. Al Sharpton, as well as Rev. Jesse Jackson speaking just to make this a celebration of life for Alton Sterling,” Chambers said.
Chambers says the viewing will be from 8:30 to 10:30 am, and the service will begin at 11am. He says the cost of the funeral is being covered by private donors.
“Some celebrities, some people of great influence just reached out to the family and said that they wanted to help them in their time of need and pay for the expenses of the service,” Chambers said.
Chambers says they have asked that today be about celebrating Sterling’s life, but he expects protests to resume on Saturday. He says what the family wants is justice.
“When this service is over, we need to be about the business of seeking justice for Alton Sterling and continuing to demand that we have reform in our police departments,” Chambers said.