Hundreds gather to show support for man gunned down in Baton Rouge
HOUSTON (FOX 26) - In Houston, hundreds of people came out at MacGregor Park to show support for Alton Sterling and the Black Lives Matter movement.
At a gathering next to the MLK statue at McGregor Park, a diverse and emotional crowd turned out to show support and to honor Alton Sterling's memory. The video showing the moment of 37-year-old Alton Sterling's death gun fired point-blank has now led to an FBI investigation.
Activists here say they could not believe their eyes when they saw the video.
"I sat frozen for a second, just watching. I couldn't even reach for the pause button because I'm just watching and looking, and I feel anger growing, and I think the worst part I could do was just cry for a moment," said Ashton P. woods, a Houston community activist.
For one father he says the toughest part was watching Sterling son cry out for his murdered father.
"As a father myself, my son is 15-years-old as well, and I saw his 15-year-old son break down...and that hurt just to know that could've been me, and I could've been my son holding onto my wife crying," said Paul Banks, a student activist.
Thanks believes this incident may be a game changer in the movement because it was all caught on camera from when Starling was pinned to the ground to his final breaths.
"Now you get a situation where it's on tape from beginning to...the end of this man's life, and everybody witnesses it, and I think this is something that could galvanized us as African-Americans, Caucasians, Hispanics, gay, lesbians I think we can all come together..." said Banks.