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(FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.) — Diamond Reynolds’ young daughter looked on as crowds gathered Thursday for the funeral for Reynolds’ boyfriend, Philando Castile, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Minnesota last week.

A cloudy sky loomed over this morning’s funeral procession that led up to the service at the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

 Philando Castile, a black man, was shot several times after he was pulled over with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and Reynolds’ 4-year-old daughter in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, last Wednesday.

He later died at the hospital.

“It’s been going on too long,” his mother, Valerie Castile, told reporters on Tuesday. “I used to look at TV and see other parents under these same circumstances and say, ‘Wow, I hope that would never happen to me.’ But it has.”

Valerie Castile said her son would have turned 33 years old Saturday, July 16.

The two St. Anthony police officers involved in Castile’s shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension launched an independent investigation on the use of force.

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