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2 Years After His Death, Community Gathers To Honor Philando Castile

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A community celebration honoring the memory of Philando Castile was held Friday.

Two years ago, police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed Castile after pulling him over near the state fairgrounds in Falcon Heights.

The encounter captured worldwide attention when Castile's girlfriend live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook.

Philando Castile Memorial Shirt
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A jury later cleared the officer of any criminal wrongdoing.

Castile's death joined the national movement and conversation about tensions between police and the community.

Castile's family and friends gathered at Mounds Park in St. Paul for a remembrance ceremony Friday afternoon, and a candlelight vigil was held at the site of his death Friday night.

Organizers said they want to bring people together who are victims of gun violence and everyone else affected by it. Money collected at the event will go to the families of gun violence victims.

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