Grieving residents of Baton Rouge honored an appeal at the funeral of a black man killed by police to celebrate his life rather than demonstrate about his death.
At a three-hour service Friday, mourners paid their respects to 37-year-old Alton Sterling, whose July 5 shooting outside a convenience store began a tumultuous week in race relations.
"If you want to protest, please leave now," Gary Chambers, master of ceremonies for the funeral, said at the beginning that the event at Southern University.
A steady stream of mourners filed past Sterling's casket, which was adorned with music notes and a smiling photo of the man. Sterling was selling CDs outside the...