Philando Castile funeral draws thousands in Minnesota
Church officials say texts for liturgy focused on preserving peace, justice and reconciliation
Faith leaders and musicians delivered messages of hope at a funeral today for a black Minnesota man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Paul police officer.
Mourners filled the 3,000-seat Cathedral of St. Paul to pay their respects to 32-year-old Philando Castile, whose white casket arrived and left on a horse-drawn carriage. After the service ended, people lined up along the cathedral's long stairs holding "Unite for Philando" signs as Castile's casket passed.
- VIDEO 'When is it going to stop?': Philando Castile's family speaks out
- Officer who killed Minnesota man in front of woman and child identified
- CBC IN MINNEAPOLIS After Philando Castile shooting, questions about race, police and accountability
Castile was shot during a July 6 traffic stop. His girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.
The Rev. Steve Daniels Jr. of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church asked during the funeral why racial profiling still happens. He says he's thankful for police and their service, but that people need to find a way to come together.
Church officials say texts for the liturgy focused on preserving peace, justice and reconciliation.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who has suggested that race played a role in Castile's death, attended the funeral.