Philando Castile’s funeral held Thursday, week after he was fatally shot by Minnesota officer

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MINNESOTA — Philando Castile, who was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer last week and quickly gained national attention when the aftermath was streamed live on Facebook, was laid to rest Thursday.

Philando Castile is seen in a Facebook photo. He was fatally shot by police in Minnesota on July 6, 2016.

Philando Castile is seen in a Facebook photo. He was fatally shot by police in Minnesota on July 6, 2016.

The funeral comes after a tumultuous week for America, in which two black men, including Castile, were fatally shot by police officers, and five Dallas officers were gunned down during a protest against the initial shootings.

Castile’s funeral procession traveled from Brooks Funeral Home in Minnesota to the Cathedral of St. Paul, and passed by the school in which he worked as a nutrition services supervisor, CNN reports.

The procession was broadcast live online at 10 a.m., prior to a privately held funeral.

Castile was in a vehicle with his girlfriend and a young child when they were pulled over for a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota last Wednesday.

At some point, an officer fatally shot Castile as he sat in the vehicle, and the man’s girlfriend began streaming graphic video capturing the tragic scene.

The shooting occurred a day after Alton Sterling was fatally shot by officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as he was pinned down.

Sterling’s death, which was captured on cellphone video, immediately sparked protests, which only grew after Castile was killed the following day.

Marches have been held nationwide since, and last Thursday, a lone gunman ambushed police during a protest in Dallas and killed five officers.

Funerals for two of the five officers were held Wednesday, a third will be laid to rest Thursday, and Sterling’s funeral is scheduled for Friday.

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