You may remember the crying and heartbreakingly sad face of Cameron Sterling back in July, when he spoke during a press conference regarding his father Alton Sterling, who was slain by police. On July 5, 2016, Cameron’s father was shot several times while being pressed on the ground by officers. This incident sparked tears in the eyes of then 15-year-old Cameron and left the young boy forever without a father.
But for his 16th birthday, Cameron was all smiles in a photo op with Kayne West and Kim Kardashian. The young Sterling attended Kanye’s Saint Pablo tour in Los Angeles on Wednesday and was somehow able to find the world-famous couple. “Shoutout to @kanyewest & @KimKardashian for showing 16th bday love last night to my client #CameronSterling, eldest son of #AltonSterling” was a message shared by attorney Justin Bamberg on Twitter in regards to his client’s interaction with the super famous celebrities.
We don’t know how this photo came about, but that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that Cameron is able to find some happiness after such a tragic event. And since the shooting occurred, many celebrities and members of the public came out to the side of this young man, who just wanted to see his father again. Besides the Wests, another famous person would come to Cameron’s aid in the form of HBO’s Issa Rae, who started a GoFundMe account for then 15-year-old as a way to raise money for him to go to college. The goal was to reach $200,000. But now, donations have far exceeded the initial goal, as the money raised on the account currently sits at $714,413.
It’s good to see this young man looking happy and enjoying himself next to two of the biggest celebrities out there. Time heals all wounds, as the saying goes. And having a good time on your birthday must make that process all the more easier (at least for the moment). But something as small as a photograph with just the right people can make a world of a difference.