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: Man Fatally Shot Near Busy East St. Paul Shopping Area
Castile’s family says that several items are now missing from the memorial.READ MORE: 3rd-Degree Murder Charges Added Against James Blue In Crash That Killed Mack Motzko, Sam Schuneman
“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: Osakis Public School Closed, Students Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat
A jury found Jeronimo Yanez, the police officer who shot Castile, not guilty of manslaughter.