A memorial provider was held Monday night for the 19-yr-aged male who was shot and killed in a confrontation with law enforcement that brought visitors to a halt throughout north San Antonio back on January 25.

Peggy Castillo was caught in that visitors jam. She states her son Dustin experienced unique requires and she thinks his disability may possibly have contributed to his loss of life.

Castillo said, “My son was at fault in some methods, he was, but at the exact time, there normally has to be other methods of undertaking things.”

Dustin Castillo died on the key lanes of Loop 410 near San Pedro Avenue during a pursuit by San Antonio Law enforcement Officers. 

The teenager experienced been accused of thieving a bicycle from a nearby Focus on store and driving that bicycle into visitors on the darkish, active freeway.  Officers said when they tried out to quit the teenager, he developed a knife and minimize a single of the officers, who responded with gunfire.

Castillo said she needs there experienced been a non-deadly solution.

“I just want that they would understand more about unique require children, simply because not each kid has a, reveals a disability.  Not most people walks about with a wheelchair or a cane in their hand.”

Castillo said she thinks her little-framed son could have been brought less than handle without the need of lethal drive.

“To be shot two times is some thing I will in no way ignore.  Why failed to they Taser him? My son was only 110 lbs. He was only 5’2″.  You have a few officers on the scene. You can not explain to me you couldn’t do some thing,” Castillo said.

His mom thinks the youthful male was perplexed and fearful.
“He failed to know how to browse or generate. He was only on a 2nd-grade degree. He was unique requires. He experienced an intellectual disability,” Castillo said.

She thinks simply because he was gradual to procedure info, he may possibly not have absolutely comprehended why he was currently being chased.

Castillo said “Knowing all those people lights that ended up heading on and I can see his confusion, could see him making an attempt to determine it out, making an attempt to see what was heading on.  Was he pressured?  Was he making an attempt to procedure it?  How rapid was he processing?  I do not know.”

Castillo said her son was a Special Olympics athlete who graduated from Churchill Significant College very last yr just after taking part in JROTC. She said he volunteered at the Food stuff Financial institution and at his church and that he was a kind-hearted person.

“He was incredibly sweet, incredibly kind, incredibly polite, incredibly a lot of a gentleman and normally eager to enable. He experienced a incredibly unique heart for most people, no make any difference what. He normally thought of others and you know, it really is just the way he was,” Castillo said.

Castillo said she knows quite a few of her son’s pals and she problems that some thing comparable could come about to any a single of them.

“There are plenty of youngsters out there. I am incredibly common with a large amount of his classmates and it could be any a single of them,” Castillo said, adding that she has 8 youngsters and 4 of them have disabilities.  She said she is keeping them nearer than ever given that this incident simply because they do not comprehend how to navigate in the planet.

Castillo said it was five times ahead of law enforcement contacted her about her son’s loss of life.  She said she has no plan why it took so prolonged to find her simply because her son was carrying his wallet with his identification and address.

Castillo said her employer and her church local community have been incredibly supportive and kind and she said her religion sustains her.

A “You Caring” fund has been established to enable spend for funeral fees.

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