BATON ROUGE, La. (WTNH)– Just 10 days before he was killed, Montrell Jackson wrote a heartfelt letter on Facebook.
“I’m tired physically and emotionally,” Jackson, 32, wrote July 8 just days after five police officers were killed in Dallas, Texas and the fatal shooting where Alton Sterlingwas shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge.“Disappointed in some family, friends, and officers for some reckless comments but hey what’s in your heart is in your heart.”
One week later, on Sunday July 17, Jackson was one of three officers killed in the shootout by 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long.
“I still love you all because hate takes too much energy but I definitely won’t be looking at you the same,” Jackson wrote.
The attacks come after public protests and expressions over violence between law enforcement and people of color.
According to The Guardian, at least 146 black people were killed by police this year and 591 killed in 2016 overall.
“These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better,” Jackson said. “I am working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer. I got you.”
According to CNN, Jackson’s aunt said “Today isn’t going too well.”
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office identified the other two slain officers as Officer Matthew Gerald and Officer Brad Garafolo.
A GoFundMe page has been setup for Jackson and his family.