Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Large, red spray painted graffiti reading "Remember Philando," covering plywood panels.
Photograph by Sally Pemberton
Urban Art Mapping Research Project
Philando Castile (July 16, 1983 - July 6, 2016) was a 32-year-old Black American man who was driving with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter on the night of July 6, 2016, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. At 9:00 p.m., Castile was pulled over by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, and advised the officer that there was a gun in the car that Castile was licensed to carry. The situation rapidly escalated, with Yanez panicking and firing seven close-range shots at Castile, hitting him five times. Reynolds posted a livestream video to Facebook immediately after the shooting, in which her young child attempts to comfort her in the background. Castile died of his wounds at 9:37 p.m. at Hennepin County Medical Center.