As Philando Castile is laid to rest, President Obama holds town hall to find solutions to help heal the nation

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ST. PAUL, MN - Philando Castile was laid to rest on Thursday as a horse-drawn carriage carried his casket to the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Castile's mother said she hoped for "prayers for peace and reconciliation" at her son's service.

Meanwhile, the local police chief responded to critics who say that officers didn't administer CPR to Castile after he was shot.

"They tried valiantly to save Mr. Castile's life with what we had," Roseville Police Chief Rick Mathwig insisted.

As the country tries to heal from last week's tragic events, President Obama is holding a town hall meeting  to search for solutions. "Not only are there very real problems but there's still deep division about how to solve these problems," the president declared.

Former Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee, Jr. was selected to participate in the town hall -- thanks to a passionate Facebook video he posted. "There is nothing inherently bad about Black men," he says in the video. "There is nothing inherently bad about Black people. There's nothing inherently bad about us. The melanin in our skin is not an excuse for us to be treated any 'less than.'"

Another town hall guest includes Alton Sterling's 15-year-old son, Cameron. "The police in Dallas, Texas - they didn't deserve that," he reflected. "Because nobody knew if they had kids to go home to. Those kids need their parents."

Cameron says he hopes people protesting his father's death will "protest in peace, not in violence."

Those thoughts were echoed at the ESPY Awards where several NBA stars said healing starts in our communities. "Help rebuild them," NBA superstar Lebron James pleaded. "Help strengthen them. Help change them. We all have to do better."

Clearly, we've got our work cut out for us.

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