Outpouring of Grief From Philando Castile’s St. Paul School Community
At J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School, where Philando Castile and co-worker Vanessa Smith served meals to more than 500 kids twice a day, he was remembered for his patience and friendly demeanor.
“He smiled at everybody who came in the building,” said Joan Edman, a paraprofessional at J.J. Hill for the past seven years. “I remember him saying, ‘I just want everybody here to be happy.’ He wanted the cafeteria to be a happy place. It was a huge goal, and not an easy one, and he did it.”