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The oldest son of Alton Sterling had a message to deliver for the community and protesters Wednesday morning at the convenience store where his father died in an officer-involved shooting with two Baton Rouge police officers.
Cameron Sterling, 15, first appeared at a news conference on July 6, where he broke down in tears. However on Wednesday morning, he came up to the podium at the Triple S Food Mart and thanked the community for supporting his family. He also gave his thoughts on the recent protests of his father's death.
"Protest in peace. Not guns, not drugs, not alcohol, not violence. Everyone needs to protest in the right way with peace, not violence. None what so ever," Cameron Sterling said.
Khairi Henderson heard Cameron's words. Henderson has been selling t-shirts outside the convenience store since the shooting on Tuesday, July 5. He makes the shirts himself and the proceeds go towards Sterling's family.
Henderson agrees with what Cameron said.
"We don't need anymore of that. It's killing our people, it's killing our community, it's causing unrest in between us. You know, it causes a lot of problems that we shouldn't be having," Henderson said.
Emmannuel Self lives in the neighborhood next to the food mart. While at the shooting site Wednesday, paying his respects to Alton Sterling, he heard what Cameron said.
"If a 15-year-old kid can lose his father and say, let's be peaceful, let's be logical, let's think about what we're doing, if a 15-year-old kid can do that and you've got people in their 50s who can't think that way, like what does that tell you about society right now," Self said.
"I feel that people in general, no matter what the race, is that we should come together as one united family," Cameron Sterling said. "There should be no more arguments, disagreements, violence, crimes. Everyone should come together as one united family."
Cameron's mother as well as the family's attorneys were also at the news conference.
Read the full statement Cameron Sterling made Wednesday morning below: