Funeral scheduled Friday for Alton Sterling

Alton Sterling (Credit: NBC News)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Family and friends of a black man shot and killed by two white police officers in Louisiana are gathering to honor him.

Funeral services are being held Friday for 37-year-old Alton Sterling, who died July 5 outside a Baton Rouge convenience store during an altercation with the officers.

Captured on video recordings, Sterling’s death sparked outrage among many in the African-American community about the treatment of black people by police.

His death prompted protests and heightened tensions in the U.S. along with last week’s deadly police shooting of a black man in Minnesota and the killing of five police officers in Dallas.

A public viewing is set to begin at 8 a.m. CDT at Southern University in Baton Rouge followed by a funeral service.

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