A St Louis teen was murdered, just one hours after posting on his Facebook page - how glad he was that he made it to see his 17th birthday. The teen, who lives in a violent neighborhood in St Louis, was shot and killed from a gunshot wound to his head.
Armond Latimore, of St. Louis, was shot about 1 p.m. Saturday — his birthday — police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Homicide detectives are investigating.
His post to Facebook about an hour before the shooting celebrated making it to his birthday: “Thru all the (expletive) I den been thru I’m just glad I can say I made it to see 17.”
St Louis is - aside from Chicago - the gun violence capital of the United States.
His mother, Chandra D. Payne, 38, said she had left her home and went to a nearby store to buy ice cream to go with a cake to celebrate her son’s birthday. She said he didn’t want anything elaborate.
“He told me that he wanted ice cream,” she said. “I went to Save A Lot and three minutes later I received the call.”
She was told he had been shot outside a chop suey restaurant called Bing Lau, where he had gone to pick up food. The scene is a few blocks south of Fairground Park in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood.
Payne said after her son’s shooting, she found a paper he wrote for school on his dresser. Latimore was a sophomore at Vashon High School, she said. He wrote about a bully who wouldn’t stop harassing him. But she said her son never discussed with her anything about a problem he was having with anyone. His father and siblings didn’t know of any problems, either, she said.