At just 15, Cameron Sterling is preparing for his father’s funeral. He’s also thinking about the protests that are happening across the country and the police ambush in Dallas, which was motivated in part by his father’s fatal shooting.
Shortly after his father was gunned down and killed by Baton Rouge police, Cameron broke down as his mother, Quinyetta McMillon, spoke at a news conference.
“The individuals involved in his murder took away a man with children,” McMillon said, as Cameron wept uncontrollably into a family member’s arms.
“I want my daddy back,” he could be heard saying as his mother demanded justice for his father.
“I really want everyone to know, everyone nationwide, everyone in this world, to know that Alton Sterling was a good man,” Cameron told CBS News correspondent David Begnaud. “No matter what anyone else has to say about him, truly in my heart, I know he was a good dad.”
“I’ll never forget that image of you wailing on the side of your mom,” Begnaud said.
“When I put my arm around her, it’s like somebody else’s hand touched me, like I had another hand laying on top of my hand. And when I looked over, was nobody else touching me. Nobody else was touching me. And it was like at that moment I knew: my daddy here — he right on the side of her,” Cameron said. “We’re standing here as a family together once again. That’s when I just started crying… I knew I can’t physically have him back, so I knew I had to cry, just to be like, ‘I want my daddy back.'”
“If you had an opportunity to say one thing to your dad… what would it be?” Begnaud asked.
“I love you… so dearly,” Cameron said.