Falcon Heights to unveil Philando Castile street signs Wednesday

Falcon Heights will unveil new street signs Wednesday honoring Philando Castile, who was killed by a St. Anthony police officer five years ago.

The event takes place at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street.

Mayor Randy Gustafson will speak on behalf of the city. City Council Member Melanie Leehy will also be speaking.

“The community has worked so hard over the past five years to get a street sign, and I am so happy it is finally happening,” Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, said in a city news release. “I have prayed so hard to preserve my son’s name and good work.”

The first sign will be installed at the entrance of the Philando Castlle Peace Garden, a memorial being built with $200,000 in private donations.

Castile, a 32-year-old Black elementary school cafeteria worker in St. Paul, was fatally shot by the officer during a July 2016 traffic stop. The shooting gained widespread attention after Castile’s girlfriend, who was in the car, livestreamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, was later acquitted of manslaughter, which prompted days of protests.

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