Philando Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds called in to a massive memorial service at a Dallas Megachurch to share her story after her love’s death. Read her touching words, including those from her four-year-old daughter Deanna after the jump.
Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds called into a Sunday morning church service on July 10 at the Dallas megachurch The Potter’s House, to speak about her boyfriend Philando Castile‘s death, and shared sweet words from her four-year-old daughter, Deanna. Her little girl was in the backseat of the car when Philando, 32, was shot by a police officer in Minnesota and bled out from his wounds.
Mourners prayed at The Potter’s House at the service to remember the slain police officers, as well as more cops and peaceful protestors injured by vindictive sniper Micah Johnson on July 7. The congregation gathered to heal after the bloody massacre, and were helped by hopeful, and powerful words from Diamond, the woman with enough courage and conviction to broadcast Philando’s death to make sure everyone knew what truly happened to the innocent man.
“It instantly clicked to me that this was something bigger than myself and Phil. I posted that video so everyone across the world can know that we don’t do these things to ourselves, these things are done to us,” Diamond told the congregation over the phone, crying. “To get it on camera, the immediate aftermath, wasn’t for anything except to be heard for justice. Because at the end of the day the people that are here to serve and protect us, we call upon them when we are in need, but when the officers are the ones that are hurting us who do we call?”
She became even more emotional as she described how her daughter Daeanna is still telling her “it’s gonna be okay, mommy,” comforting her just like she did in the live video in the aftermath of Philando’s death. What a strong, brave little girl.
Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Alton Sterling‘s son, also called in to the service, and shared her story and led the congregation in prayer. He was a very generous guy there was nothing you couldn’t ask him for. He was very caring and very sweet remember what his legacy was: a city man.”
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