Philando Castile’s Co-workers Describe Him as “Respectful” and “Kind”
On Thursday, video of 34-year-old Philando Castile‘s murder by Minnesota police in the Fairfield Heights section of St. Paul went viral after his fiancee, Diamond Reynolds, broadcasted their encounter with police on Facebook Live.
Castile was the cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in St. Paul, and coworkers describe him as someone who was loved by the kids.
In a statement issued by the school district, an unidentified coworker said, “Kids loved him. He was quiet, respectful and kind.”
A former employee of the school told TIME Castile memorized the names, as well as food allergies, of the 500 students, which was appreciated by the parents.
Parent Andrew Karre, said, “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…He was just a nice, caring person who worked at the school who should not be dead.”
On Wednesday, Castile, who was driving with his fiancee and 4-year-old daughter, was pulled over by police for a broken taillight. Castile told the officer he was carrying a licensed firearm, and as he was reaching for his wallet, the officer opened fire on Castile, fatally striking him.
After the shooting, Reynolds captured the incident on Facebook Live, where she can be heard still addressing the officer as “Sir.”
The two officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.
Castile’s shooting came less than two days after the fatal police shooting in Baton Rouge of Alton Sterling.
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