Philando Castile‘s girlfriend, who was present the day he was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer, has received a financial settlement from the city of St. Anthony.
The St. Anthony City Council voted Tuesday night to pay Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter $675,000, according to a report from WCCO-TV. Reynolds will receive another $125,000 from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust and the city of Roseville where Reynolds was detained by police.
Following the announcement of the settlement Reynolds released the following statement:
The settlement symbolizes that what happened to my daughter and I on July 6, 2016 was wrong. While no amount of money can change what happened, bring Philando back, or erase the pain that my daughter and I continue to suffer. I do hope that closing this chapter will allow us to get our lives back and move forward.
“If we don’t approve this and we go ahead with litigation, it would just reopen the whole case again and bring heartache to everyone involved,” St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust said of the agreed settlement. “It is best to settle, and this will resolve all civil litigation stemming from the incident on July 6, 2016, and it opens the door to continued healing within our community.”
A month ago it was announced that a memorial fund made in Castile’s honor would eliminate a year’s worth of student lunch debt in St. Paul. The Philando Feeds The Children Fund raised over $72,000 dollars with more than 2,000 donors contributing to the fund with the initial goal for the fundraiser being $5,000. Prior to his untimely death, Castile served as a nutrition services supervisor at the J.J. Hill Montessori school in St. Paul.
The fund was given to officials at J.J. Hill by Castile’s mother, Valerie.