Gatherings Across the Metro Mark The Anniversary of the Philando Castile Shooting

July 06, 2017 10:23 PM

As family members of Philando Castile mark the one year anniversary of his shooting death, people in the community are reflecting on a tumultuous year in Falcon Heights.

Judy Thompson stopped at the Larpenteur Avenue site where Castile was shot and killed by former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez on July 6, 2016.


RELATED: Timeline: Philando Castile Shooting Coverage

She brought a series of paper cranes to hang up at the peace garden.

“So much has gone on in a year,” Thompson said.

Others who stopped at the peace grade brought along notes and other items. They said following the case over the last year was a rollercoaster.

Last month, Yanez was acquitted on all criminal charges in the shooting death.

RELATED: Jury Finds Yanez Not Guilty on All Counts in Philando Castile Shooting Death

"I don't know whether we've come to anymore understanding about what took place,” Thompson said.

Castile’s family held a private memorial event for family and close friends Thursday night in Falcon Heights, while Castile's girlfriend who, was in the car at the time of the shooting, hosted a community event in Como Park.

Diamond Reynolds told the crowd it’s her hope that people can come together and comfort one another on the anniversary.

“This is the one year anniversary of Mr. Phil being gone and he loved each and every one of you guys out there,” Reynolds said. “We do not want his legacy to go down in vain, so we're going to stay positive.”


Kirsten Swanson

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