MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The family of Philando Castile says a memorial garden in his honor was vandalized.
The garden is located in Falcon Heights, close to where Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in 2016.READ MORE: Twins' Triple, 2 Bases-Loaded Walks In 10th Beat Texas
Castile’s family says that several items are now missing from the memorial.READ MORE: Severe Blood Shortage Nationwide Impacting Minnesota Hospitals
“It’s painful,” said Clarence Castile, Philando’s uncle. “It makes you angry and it hurts that someone would violate this place that we consider to be sacred.”
The family says the purpose of the garden is to remember Castile by finding peace near the place where he died.MORE NEWS: Investigators ID Person Whose Body Parts Were Found In NE Mpls. As Adam Richard Johnson
A jury found Jeronimo Yanez, the police officer who shot Castile, not guilty of manslaughter.