Services being held for black man shot by officer

Published 10:10 am Thursday, July 14, 2016

ST. PAUL — A black Minnesota man who was fatally shot by a police officer last week is being remembered today at an ecumenical service at a stately Catholic cathedral.

The funeral for 32-year-old Philando Castile is from 4 until 6 p.m. today at the century-old Cathedral of St. Paul. The cathedral’s rector, the Rev. John Ubel, will lead the prayers while Pastor Steve Daniels Sr. of nearby Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church will deliver a eulogy.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, requested the cathedral hold her son’s funeral.

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Church officials say texts for the liturgy will focus on preserving peace, justice and reconciliation.

Philando Castile was shot several times by a suburban St. Paul officer during a traffic stop July 6. Castile’s girlfriend streamed the shooting’s aftermath live on Facebook.