Philando Castile was laid to rest Thursday in a private ceremony one week after being shot and killed by Minnesota police officers. Castile’s death gained national attention after his girlfriend broadcasted the incident live on facebook.
Family and friends of Philando Castile, the African-American man killed during a traffic stop last week by a suburban police officer in Minnesota, gathered in #StPaul today for his funeral. Family members have described Philando, who was 32, as a gentle, kind man who loved his job supervising an elementary school cafeteria. His death, along with the shooting of #AltonSterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the deaths of 5 Dallas police officers at the hands of a sniper, have galvanized the national debate over race and policing. @joshualott took this photo of the coffin holding #PhilandoCastile as it was carried to a horse-drawn carriage.
Castile’s funeral comes a week after an extremely tense week where two black men, including Castile, were shot and killed by police and 5 officers in Dallas were shot and killed during a protest. Castile worked at an area school as a nutrition services supervisor. Castile was shot and killed the day after Alton Sterling lost his life at the hands of officers in Baton Rouge.
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