He was truly remarkable├óΓé¼┬ª
As we reported, on Wednesday, Philando Castile was fatally shot by police at a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. The aftermath of his death was filmed by girlfriend Lavish Reynolds who posted it on Facebook.
On Thursday, friends, family members, and colleagues remember Castile as an outstanding member of society, and as a role model for children in the area.
Known by friends as Phil, he worked as a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in Saint Paul, MN.
According to Joan Edman, a recently retired paraprofessional at the school, he memorized the names of each child, and if they had any food allergies.
“He remembered their names. He remembered who couldn’t have milk. He knew what they could have to eat and what they couldn’t├óΓé¼┬ª This was a real guy. He made a real contribution. Yes, black lives matter. But this man mattered.”
According to parent Andrew Karre, Phil brought nothing but positivity and energy into the school.
“He was a fixture. I was always happy to see him around school. The cafeteria was a pretty happy place. He was part of the community and an important one├óΓé¼┬ª He was just a nice, caring person who worked at the school, who should not be dead.”
An unnamed worker said Castile took his job extremely seriously, and was very ambitious.
“Kids loved him. He was quiet, respectful and kind. I knew him as warm and funny├óΓé¼┬ª He wore a shirt and tie to his supervisor interview and said his goal was to one day sit on the other side of this table.'”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil’s friends and family during this difficult time.
[Image via Facebook.]