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The Rt. Rev. Morris Thompson, Bishop of Louisiana, writes about the death of Alton Sterling during an attempted early Tuesday in Baton Rouge:

As I turned on the television yesterday evening, my heart sank as I listened to the story of Alton Sterling being shot by two police officers in Baton Rouge. I have found myself deeply disturbed by the video of this encounter and while many details need to be sorted through, I continue to wonder why this situation unfolded in the manner that it did.

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This tragic act in our community is profoundly upsetting and my heart mourns for all involved. During this time, I ask you to pray for the soul of Alton Sterling and for the consolation of his loved ones; for these police officers and their families; and for peace in the city of Baton Rouge, our state of Louisiana, and throughout our country.

Over the course of this past day I have recalled Dr. King’s words that “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

May we do our best to be a source of light and love in this time of pain, confusion, and darkness.

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