Philando Castile Legacy Continues
We are recall the tragic incident of Philando Castile’s unjust murder by a police officer. The video went live on Facebook as millions viewed his girlfriend and her daughter watch him take his last breathe. After notifying the officer that he was armed, the policeman shot him seven times as he reached for his I.D as requested. Jeronimo Yanez, the officer, was acquitted of all charges as of June 16, 2017.
Castile, a native of St. Louis, Missouri was only 32 years old at the time of his death. He was working for the Saint Paul Public School District as the nutrition services supervisor. He was known as a warm and gentle person who got to know the students by name. “Mr. Phil”, to the students, would often take money from his own pocket in order to ensure students with lunch debts could purchase a meal.
The school district says it usually accumulates about $60,000 in lunch debts annually. A memorial fund set up in order to keep Castile’s legacy alive, raised over $75,000 for school lunch debts in Minnesota. Philando Feeds the Children initially had a $5,000 goal. That goal quickly was exceeded as momentum increased. The fund had already accumulated $17,000 in one week. The money raised is enough to pay off debt owed by elementary, middle, and high school students for one year.