MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The parents of the students who Philando Castile served lunch are planning to hold a rally in his name following his death Wednesday evening at the hands of a St. Anthony police officer.
The rally is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. along Selby Avenue.READ MORE: Next Weather: Warmer Tuesday, Rainy Wednesday
Castile, 32, was killed during a traffic stop Wednesday night near the State Fairgrounds. Castile was pulled over because he had a tail light out. He was shot after an officer asked for his driver’s license and registration.
Castile’s girlfriend, who was in the car with her daughter at the time of the incident, put up a live stream on Facebook immediately after the shooting for more than nine minutes. The video quickly went viral.READ MORE: Man Found Stabbed To Death Inside Minneapolis Apartment
St. Paul Public Schools issued a statement Thursday morning, calling Castile “a team player who maintained great relationships with staff and students alike. He had a cheerful disposition and his colleagues enjoyed working with him. He was quick to greet former coworkers with a smile and hug.”
The school district said he graduated from Central High School in 2001 and began working in the nutrition services department in 2002.
Teachers’ union Education Minnesota also released a statement: “There was more to Philando Castile than the wounded man in the video. He was a hard-working educator who played his part in preparing Minnesota children for successful lives. He was a friend to his school colleagues, a companion to his girlfriend and a mentor to his students. Those kids need us now. The pain and shock of Phil’s senseless death comes during the summer, when the emotional support and counseling offered in schools is often out of reach. So it falls to us – the adults – to be there for the children. As heartbreaking as this death is for us, it will be worse for the kids who just lost their lunchroom friend, Philando Castile.”MORE NEWS: Kepler Hits Slam, Urshela And Twins Walk Off Tigers 5-4