New memorial planned near site of Castile shooting

Published 10:04 am Monday, February 13, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS  — The mother of Philando Castile said a permanent memorial is being planned near the spot where her son was shot and killed by a police officer.

According to a press release, Valerie Castile unveiled a temporary memorial Saturday that will serve as a placeholder until funds are raised to put a permanent marker at the site on Larpenteur Avenue.

Philando Castile, who was black, was killed July 6 during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights.

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The shooting’s gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by his girlfriend, who was in the car. Prosecutors said the 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker was shot after he told St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez he was armed. Authorities later discovered that Castile had a permit to carry a weapon.

Yanez is charged with manslaughter and other counts.