IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE!
The time has come for family and friends to say their final goodbyes to the two men murdered by police. Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were finally laid to rest. They have become the new faces of the Black Lives Matter Movement and people from all over the world have been protesting for justice due to their wrongful deaths.
If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know the stories of these two men, check out the links below to read about Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
Philando Castile’s Funeral:
The home going for Philando Castile was angelic. The 90-minute service was held at the Cathedral for St. Paul on July 14, 2016. Diamond Reynolds’ (the fiancée of Philando Castile) daughter was dressed in a white dress, blue jean vest, braids with blue and white beads, and sucked on a lollipop while looking at hundreds of people gather for Philando’s funeral.
Diamond Reynolds ‘dressed in all black and it was clear as day that she was mourning the loss of her deceased fiancée. However, she was being comforted by family members.
Castile had many people to come and say their final farewells to him. A long line waited outside to fill the 3,000- seat St. Paul Cathedral. Governor Mark Dayton, Congressman Keith Ellison, and US Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken attended the funeral as well.
Philando’s all white casket can be seen carried out of the church as the pallbearers hold his casket with one hand and put up a black power fist with the other.
Alton Sterling’s Funeral:
On Friday, thousands gathered to mourn for Sterling. His funeral was a homegoing and a political declaration all in one. There were calls to action, poems read, sermons spoken, and Sterling’s family said their goodbyes’ to him. Alton was dressed in a gray suit as he laid in a silver casket with his name on the front.
At the service, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr. quoted “Stop the violence, save the children. Stop the violence, save the nation. For those of you who are listening here and around the world, our strongest weapons are not guns and violence; it’s the righteousness of our cause. Unearned suffering is redemptive. There is power in innocent blood. If the killing of Alton Sterling would have been in a shootout or a drug bust or robbery, we would not be here today.”
Below you can see the pictures of family members mourning.
Sandra Sterling, Alton’s aunt crying his funeral.
Cameron Sterling, Alton Sterling’s son crying.