Loved ones pay final respects to Philando Castile

"All we're looking for is justice right about now. We need justice for my son."

"All we're looking for is justice right about now.  We need justice for my son".

An emotional message from Valerie Castile, in front a St. Louis Funeral Chapel Saturday morning.

"No one else needs to be Valerie Castile and I'm working with legislators to make sure that happens"

Valerie and hundreds of others gathered to remember a humanitarian and Minnesota teacher who loved his students

"He had 500 students, he knew all of them's names and their allergies," Valerie Castile said.

"He was the type of person you'd want your sons to become," said Castile's cousin, Renita Wilson.

Back in July, life for Castile's family changed drastically. That's when they learned their loved one had been shot and killed by Minnesota police during a traffic stop. 

"This is bigger than anything than we have ever encountered," Greg Taylor, Castile's uncle said.

Two months later, their story is now in the national spotlight as they're left with many unanswered questions.

"When you think about the message of work hard, be a good person, do what you're supposed to do and everything will be ok, this kind of racks that entire message," Wilson said.

As they wait for justice to be served in the case of her cousin, Wilson says her family has is now taking action.

"There's more to the story, we just have gotten to the point today when we can lay his earthly remains to rest and now the real work starts," Wilson said.

"We're not going anywhere. We're a resilient people," Taylor said.

Valerie Castile says she is now lobbying for new laws to ensure police are held accountable for their actions.

The officer who shot Castile returned to duty two weeks ago.

(© 2016 KSDK)


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