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‘He knew the kids and they loved him’: Minn. shooting victim was an adored school cafeteria manager

washingtonpost.comA sign reading, “Justice for Philando,” and police tape are draped over the entrance of the Minnesota Governor’s Mansion following the police shooting death of Philando Castile on July 6, in Falcon Heights. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Before he was fatally shot Wednesday by a police officer in Minnesota, before his name became a hashtag, Philando Castile was known as a warm and gentle presence at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School, where he managed the cafeteria.

He was there when children streamed into school for breakfast in the morning, playing music and bantering. He was there when they returned for lunch: Laughing with kids, urging them to eat more vegetables, helping keep order in his easygoing way.

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