In a statement aired by CNN late Sunday, Washington-Absusaleh called for an end to the violence. “We don’t want [anymore] blood shed, that’s how this all started,” she said.
Sterling’s aunt also noted that the families of the officers killed are now in her shoes.
“At the end of the day when these people call these families their daddies and their mommas ain’t coming home no more! I know how they feel because I got the same phone call.”
— CNN (@CNN) July 17, 2016
President Obama condemned the violence as well, speaking to the country in a brief address Sunday afternoon.
He stated that the shooter’s motive is unknown but added, “We as a nation has to be loud and clear that nothing justifies attacks against law enforcement. An attack on police is an attack on all of us.”
Obama went on to call for unity and predicted that the shooting won’t be the last attempt to divide the nation. “It remains up to us to make sure they fail.”