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Slain Baton Rouge officer Montrell Jackson laid to rest

Officer Montrell Jackson, 32.
Officer Montrell Jackson, 32.

BATON ROUGE, La. – The last of the three Louisiana law enforcement officers killed in an ambush near a busy highway in Baton Rouge will soon be buried.

Funeral services are planned Monday for police officer Montrell Jackson, a 32-year-old slain by a gunman who authorities said targeted law enforcement.

Just three days before his death, Jackson — married with a four-month-old son — wrote a Facebook post detailing how difficult it was for him to be both a black man and a police officer.

Baton Rouge residents have been mourning at a series of memorial and funeral services since Jackson, police officer Matthew Gerald and East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy Brad Garafola, were killed in a July 17 shootout with Gavin Long. Gerald was buried Friday and Garafola on Saturday.