Last night I woke up out my sleep and I cried for you.
I tried to hold it in, but my tears just flowed like an endless river that would never end. I drowned in my sorrow. I reached out for you. I just needed a hug, but you weren’t there. I wish you were there. I wish you could just be here.
I wish I could see you or laugh with you one more time. It’s hard for me to still even accept you’re gone. I will never say goodbye. I wish I could talk to you and listen to your voice, play some music, sing our favorite song. You were too good for this earth, too pure for this evil world. You are a king forever and always, my brother, Philando.

Artist Demont Pinder painted this outdoor art piece onsite at the Philando Castile Peace Garden in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Philando’s school cafeteria apron hangs on the back of the painting.

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Allysza Castile began working as a youth mentor at age fifteen, graduated in 2013 with an associate degree in medical assistance, and is vice president of the Philando Castile Relief Foundation. She is dedicated to helping others after the murder of her brother, Philando.

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Demont Peekaso Pinder is an art historian who documents history in a vibrant way. Originally from Queens, New York, Demont discovered his artistic talent in the sixth grade drawing on his friends’ Trapper Keepers. Using his self-taught gift of painting, Demont has blessed the lives of many, celebrity and around-the-way folk alike.