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Philando Castile Funeral

Philando Castile casket leaves funeral

Faith leaders and musicians have delivered messages of hope at a funeral for a black man who was shot by a police officer while his girlfriend live-streamed it on Facebook.

Philando Castile was fatally shot during a traffic stop in St Paul, Minnesota, last week.

Mourners filled the 3,000-seat Cathedral of St Paul to pay their respects to the 32 year old, whose white casket arrived and left on a horse-drawn carriage.

After the service ended, people lined up along the cathedral’s long stairs holding “Unite for Philando” signs as Mr Castile’s casket passed.

Texts for the ecumenical service focused on preserving peace, justice and reconciliation.

The Rev Steve Daniels Jr. of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church asked during the funeral why racial profiling still happens.

He said he is thankful for police and their service, but that people need to find a way to come together.

Governor Mark Dayton, who has suggested that race played a role in Mr Castile’s death, was attending.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says Mr Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, requested the cathedral hold her son’s funeral.

Mr Castile’s girlfriend said he was shot while reaching for his ID after telling the officer he had a gun permit and was armed.

His sister Allysza Castile says she and her brother took a gun class together last year. They went to Total Defense in Ramsey, where owner Dan Wellman says they teach students to hand over their permits with their driver’s licenses.

The attorney for St Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who shot Mr Castile several times, says the officer was reacting to the presence of a gun when he fired.


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Sydney Chesterfield

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