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article imageU.S. shooter victims included black police officer with young child

By AFP     Jul 18, 2016 in World

An ex-US Marine and Iraq war veteran, shot and killed three Baton Rouge police on Sunday -- including an African-American officer who had a baby son.

President Barack Obama condemned the "cowardly" shooting and demanded an end to attacks on law enforcement.

Here are profiles of the victims:

- Montrell Jackson, 32 -

Montrell Jackson  one of three police officers killed in the latest Baton Rouge shooting  was marrie...
Montrell Jackson, one of three police officers killed in the latest Baton Rouge shooting, was married and had a four month-old son
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Jackson was an African-American officer and 10-year veteran of the police department. He was married and had a four month-old son.

On July 8, the day after the Dallas police shootings in which a black gunman killed five police and wounded several others, Jackson wrote on Facebook that events had left him physically and emotionally tired.

"I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me," Jackson wrote.

"In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat ... Please don't let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better."

Jackson was injured and treated for smoke inhalation in 2007 after he rushed into a burning building in a failed attempt to rescue a toddler, local newspaper The Advocate reported.

- Brad Garafola, 45 -

Garafola was a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. He had worked a night shift and was preparing to go on vacation on Monday.

He had four children, two boys and two girls, aged between seven to 21.

"He was a great guy. Not just a great law enforcement, he was a great husband and a great father," his wife Tonja Garafola told The Advocate. "He didn’t deserve this. He always helped everybody."

- Matthew Gerald, 41 -

Slain Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald was an army veteran who have served several tours of...
Slain Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald was an army veteran who have served several tours of duty in Iraq
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Gerald was an Army veteran who was a helicopter crew chief and served several tours of duty in Iraq.

He had joined the city police department in October.

"He was a damn good man," neighbor Stephanie Morgan, who had known him since 2009, told The Advocate. "You’re not going to find any better."

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