By Frederick H. Lowe
Before Philando Castile became another black man shot to death by police, he managed the cafeteria at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he would take money out of his own pocket to pay for the lunches of students who couldn’t afford them.
After Jeronimo Yanez, a police officer with the Saint Anthony , Minnesota police department, shot Castile to death in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, during a traffic stop, his coworkers and others established a fund to raise money for students’ lunches.
The fund is called “Philando Feeds The Children, and so far it has raised $93,253. The fund’s goal is to raise $1 million.
Castile, 32 at the time of his death, was known as a warm and gentle person who knew all of the students’ names.
A mostly white jury acquitted Yanez of shooting to death Castile, a registered gun owner, but city officials fired Yanez after the verdict. Falcon Heights also agreed to pay Castile’s family $3 million.