One year later, celebrating Philando Castile with a candlelight vigil, lantern release

Philando Castile was killed one year ago – July 6, 2016.

On the night of July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was pulled over by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez in Falcon Heights.

Thirty-eight seconds after the two first spoke to each other, the officer pointed his service weapon into Castile's vehicle and pulled the trigger seven times. Thousands of mourners protested in the days after.

Yanez would be cleared of any criminal wrongdoing afters jurors, for days, wrestled with a difficult question. Did Officer Yanez see Castile's gun? Did Yanez act negligently and recklessly?

More demonstrations followed the verdict of not guilty.

The one-year anniversary of Castile's death will be marked by a celebration of his life.

The Philando Castile Relief Foundation is "[inviting] the community out for a day of love, life, healing, food, music ," and more. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Gibbs Farm: Pathways to Dakota & Pioneer Life, but there is a max capacity of 250 people.

Afterward there will be a candlelight vigil. It starts at 9:15 p.m. at the peace garden at Larpentuer & Fry, the intersection near which Castile died. Everyone is welcome, whether part of the Gibbs Farm gathering or not.

At the same spot the next day, the group will host a unity and peace lantern release.

There will be music from Todd Finney and others, guest speakers, plus hot dogs and burgers – you can also bring food to share, and lawn chairs to sit.

Lanterns will be $3 apiece, or $10 for a special message. All of the proceeds will go to the Philando Castile Relief Foundation, which was set up to "help other victims of gun violence and add some relief as you grieve."

Next Up

Yia Vang - media photo - crop 2

Union Hmong Kitchen will move into Mpls. food hall

Chef Yia Vang said they're "so excited to settle in and have a home."

ISSAboveYou - Duluth North Shore - Oct 18 2021

Watch: Mille Lacs, Duluth captured in stunning video from ISS

The space station provides a vantage point 260 miles above the Earth's surface.


Ladies and gentlemen, The Weeknd has canceled his St. Paul show

He's made changes to his 2022 tour that involves scrapping his Xcel Energy Center gig.

Pixabay - police lights, tape

Man released from custody after admitting to fatal shooting in ND

Authorities said there is no threat to the public.


MN water tower in the running for Tank of the Year

It was the only water tank to receive more than 5,000 votes.

first snow

Any sign of snow in the forecast for Minnesota?

The stars could align for some flurries in northern Minnesota this week, but that's about it.

Flickr - 14 year old vaccine shot - Navy Medicine

Walz announces $200 reward for kids 12-17 who get COVID shots

Those ages have the lowest vaccination rates among all eligible age groups.


A look at some of the files released Tuesday in the Philando Castile case

Authorities released public documents in the Philando Castile and Jeronimo Yanez case Tuesday.

Philando Castile's mother joins the march for Justine Damond

Valerie Castile shared a hug with Justine Damond's fiance Don Damond

Yanez's lawyers: Castile smoked pot and was negligent, so throw out charges

The attorneys argue it was at least partially Philando Castile's fault he was shot and killed.

ICYMI: Charges against Jeronimo Yanez reveal Philando Castile's final moments

Castile's last words, recorded at 9:06.04, were: "I wasn't reaching for it."

The NRA finally said more about Philando Castile, kind of

The NRA's spokesperson was on CNN Sunday morning, and the Castile case was brought up.

Video: Philando Castile shooting immortalized in 'mannequin challenge'

The death of Philando Castile is among several killings of black people by police officers to feature in a viral video by an actor and comedian.


Philando Castile foundation gives $8,000 to pay off student lunch debt

The money will go to seniors eligible for the free and reduced lunch program.

Additional federal review being considered in Philando Castile case

The Department of Justice says it's been monitoring the case since the start.