For many students readying to walk across the stage, Valerie and the foundation just gave them the opportunity to focus on their classes free of worry about money.

“This was a huge humanitarian act in our community,” Carlton Jenkins, superintendent of Robbinsdale-area schools, told NPR.

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It was on July 6, 2016, when St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando during a traffic stop. Protests erupted around the country after Philando’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds — who was with him and her 4-year-old daughter in the car during the shooting — live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.

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Reynolds said Philando was shot after being asked to provide his driver’s license and after he announced he had a gun, for which he had a permit.

Yanez later claimed he feared for his life and thought Castile was reaching for a gun to shoot him. He was acquitted of manslaughter in 2017.

More than 1,500 people attended Philando’s public funeral, which was held at the Cathedral of St. Paul, according to the 

To donate to the cause or request assistance, visit the Philando Castile Foundation website here.

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