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Several Minnesota athletes reacted to the death of Castile, who was shot by a police officer Wednesday night during a traffic stop, on social media. Here are some of those reactions.
A few Gophers athletes turned to Twitter with their thoughts. Castile was shot at the intersection of Larpenteur Ave and Fry St, just a few blocks from the university's golf course and soccer stadium.
Melvin Holland, Jr. is sophomore wide receiver on the football team from Ashburn, Va.:
Crazy hearing the black men in the locker room rn. We are legit scared. Falco Heights is right up the street from us....— 〽️ImaShowEm〽️ (@MelloYllw21) July 7, 2016
Rodney Smith is a sophomore running back on the football team from Jonesboro, Ga.:
Cousin text me telling me to be safe. Being a black young man is scary sometimes.— Rodney Smith (@Numerouno1_) July 7, 2016
Eric Carter is a junior wide receiver on the football team from Lakeland, Fla.:
Crazy world , prayers for all dealing with these deaths in the past 48 hours . system begging to be changed , let's do something about it !— Eric icky Carter (@LilEazyVert9) July 7, 2016
Times getting crazy , better get right with the man upstairs . It's some dirty and ugly things going on in this world man ����— Eric icky Carter (@LilEazyVert9) July 7, 2016
Nate Mason is a junior guard on the basketball team from Decatur, Ga.:
R.I.P. Alton Sterling ����— Nate Mason (@NateMason_2) July 7, 2016
R.I.P. Philandro Castile ����
The reations on Twitter went beyond the university. Sharrif Floyd is from Philadelphia and plays for the Vikings as a defensive lineman:
There has to be change! And the really sad part is the minority ends up representing the majority— Sharrif Floyd (@sharriffloyd) July 7, 2016
For every cop that's not a good person thousands are! For every African American that isn't good thousands are and that goes on and on— Sharrif Floyd (@sharriffloyd) July 7, 2016
To shoot a man a make no attempt to help him is crazy! This guy died on Facebook live for carrying a gun which he was licensed to carry— Sharrif Floyd (@sharriffloyd) July 7, 2016
In addition, Serena Williams took to Twitter after her victory in a semfinal at Wimbledon on Thursday.
In London I have to wake up to this. He was black. Shot 4 times? When will something be done- no REALLY be done?!?! pic.twitter.com/OaLn60G6nm— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 7, 2016