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But they shared many similarities. Both were black. Both had their last moments caught on camera. And both of their deaths were watched and shared by millions across the globe.
Their deaths have drawn people — brandishing signs emblazoned with the message #BlackLivesMatter — to the streets in their droves, demanding the world take notice of shootings that feel sadly commonplace in the U.S., yet are no less provocative.
"Stay with me," says Castile"s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, as she turns the phone streaming live to Facebook to her boyfriend slumped in the driver"s seat with a blood splattered chest.
As with Sterling, it"s unclear what happened in the moments before the shooting. Reynolds claims they were "pulled over for a busted tail light."
A police officer can be seen pointing a gun through the driver"s window, while Reynolds continues narrating the shocking scene streamed live to Facebook.
She is then ordered out of the car, pleading for her daughter who appears to be in the arms of a nearby officer.
Video footage from a bystander captured officers wrestling Sterling to the ground and kneeling on him. The camera pans away and gunshots are heard -- when it pans back, Sterling is seen sprawled on his back with a large blood stain on his chest.
Authorities said that the officers were responding to a 911 report of a man with a gun. A source close to the investigation told hyakkendana-hashigozake.com the witness who called 911 said Sterling was "brandishing a gun."
However Abdullah Muflahi, the owner of the store, told hyakkendana-hashigozake.com he wasn"t aware of any incident Tuesday that would have spurred a 911 call.
Muflahi is sure the shooting was caught on his store"s surveillance cameras, though he hasn"t seen it. Police took the video later Tuesday, he told hyakkendana-hashigozake.com.
In Minnesota, crowds gathered outside Governor Mark Dayton"s home in St. Paul in the early hours of Thursday morning protesting against the police killing of Castile.
They held banners emblazoned with slogans such as "Stop Police Brutality," and chanted "No justice, No sleep."
A woman holds up a sign encouraging motorists to honk outside the Triple S convenience store during a rally after Alton Sterling was shot and killed Tuesday.
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Earlier in the week, Sterling"s death prompted protests Baton Rouge and other parts of the country, including Ferguson, Missouri, Philadelphia.
"I, for one, will not rest," Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of one of Sterling"s children, said Wednesday, "and will not allow y"all to sweep him in the dirt."