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Philando Castile’s Girlfriend Reaches $800K Settlement

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Diamond Reynolds live-streamed Philando Castile’s fatal shooting on Facebook in July 2016. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

The girlfriend of slain Minnesota elementary school worker Philando Castile will receive $800,000 stemming from his death by a cop. Diamond Reynold’s settlement was announced Tuesday, Nov. 28, according to ABC News.

“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,” Reynolds said in the statement

Reynolds, who was in the car and streaming on Facebook Live when a St. Anthony police officer shot Castile in July 2016, will receive $675,000 from the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota and $125,000 from the city of Roseville and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust if it is approved by a court.

The agreement would settle her emotional distress and false arrest claims. While she and her 4-year-old daughter were not harmed during the shooting by officer Jeronimo Yanez, Reynolds and her child, whom she shared with Castile, was detained by the Roseville police. Atlanta Black Star reported Reynolds alleged she nor her daughter received food or water while they were in police custody for around 16 hours after the fatal shooting.

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City officials said a portion of the settlement will be placed in a trust fund for Reynold’s daughter, according to ABC News. The $800,000 deal comes after Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, earned a $3 million settlement in June, the Associated Press reported.

Like Reynold’s Valerie Castile said through her lawyer that “no amount of money could ever replace Philando.”

The family has vowed to continue to honor the victim through the Philando Castile Relief Foundation, which aims to assist gun violence victims and aid in grieving.

Officer Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter ahead of the family’s settlement, but he is no longer an on-duty officer. He received a $48,500 separation deal to leave the department.

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