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Drake posts heartfelt letter following Alton Sterling shooting

The platinum artist said the issue is impossible to ignore.


Nia Wesley


Published Jul 7, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 12:03 pm CDT

Following the police shooting of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, superstar rapper Drake responded with an open letter expressing fear, sadness, and hope for change.

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The 29-year-old artist born Aubrey Graham, used his Instagram account Wednesday night to say he is “truly scared” after learning Sterling was gunned down on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Fans reacted to the post with more than 281,000 likes and comments regarding the ongoing issue of police brutality and race in America.

Police were called out to a Baton Rouge convenience store Tuesday evening after receiving an anonymous call about an individual with a gun. Sterling was reportedly selling CDs in the parking lot. The store owner told the New York Daily News that he allowed Sterling to sell CDs outside of the store. 

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Two videos were released of two officers apparently tackling him to the ground and drawing their guns to then fire six shots. The Department of Justice announced a federal investigation into the incident. 

(Warning: The videos contain graphic violence. They can be see here and here.)

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The rapper, best known for party anthems and arena tours, has remained mostly apolitical throughout his career.

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*First Published: Jul 7, 2016, 12:14 pm CDT