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Paula Rogo
Apr, 13, 2018

A Louisiana man found dead in a vacant lot has been identified as the cousin of Alton Sterling. 

Antonio “Tony” Sterling, 34, is said to have died under suspicious circumstances when his body was discovered Wednesday in a burning car. He was found in the backseat of the vehicle. 

According to the East Baton Rouge coroner, Antonio died from a gunshot wound to his head before his body was left in the burning vehicle.



Authorities currently do not have any suspects or a motive, according to The Advocate. The investigation is ongoing. 

Alton Sterling was shot six times outside of a convenience store in July 2016 after police were called and allegedly told a Black man with a gun was acting in a threatening manner. At the time, Sterling was selling CDs outside of the store when he was accosted, wrestled to the ground, tased, and fatally shot by two officers.

The deadly encounter was caught on video, and the Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry declined to bring charges against the two white Baton Rouge police officers who were involved.

A civil lawsuit filed by Sterling’s family continues.