A.K.A. "Big A" and "CD Man"
Raised by your aunt Sandra after your mother died when you were 10 years old
Father of 5, living the hardscrabble life
Part-time cook who could make a mean pot of red beans and rice
Selling discs outside the Triple S Food Mart at the corner of Fairfields and Foster
One year younger than me when you were killed the day after Independence Day
Your life matters to me and I will not let you be swept in the dirt.
You are not just a hashtag, Philando Castile from Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
A.K.A. "Mr. Phil" and "Mr. Rogers with dreadlocks"
You'd be 33 today, same age as Christ when he was strung up on a cross
Straight A student who graduated with honors from Central High School
Worked your way up through the ranks since you were 18 years old
Wore a starched shirt and tie to your supervisor interview
Said your goal was to one day "sit on the other side of this table"
Fist-bumped all the kids, knew them all by name
Pushed extra food in them like a grandma
People said of Jesus after they crucified him, "Surely, this was the Son of God."
Just like after you were killed, the world said, "Truly, this was a GOOD MAN."