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St. Louis, Mo., police are still looking for a suspect in the case of a 17-year-old boy who was shot and killed on his birthday one hour after posting, “I’m just glad I can say I made it to see 17.”

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on Aug. 18 Armond Latimore was shot outside of a restaurant where he had gone to pick up food while his mother went to a nearby store to pick up ice cream to go with her son’s birthday cake.

“He told me that he wanted ice cream,” his mother, Chandra D. Payne told the Post-Dispatch. “I went to Save A Lot and three minutes later I received the call.”

He was pronounced dead once he arrived at the hospital.

After her son’s shooting, Payne found a note in his room that detailed a bully harassing him. It was the first she had heard of any trouble with her son, who never discussed the bullying with his family, Payne told the Post-Dispatch.

“He was always a helping-hand child,” she told the paper. “He would cut grass, wash your car or sell water. He loved music and loved money and always made it the right way.”

On Aug. 22, police found a stolen car they believe is connected to Armond’s death. As the Riverfront Times reports, there was a carjacking earlier this month, and police say the car was used on in Armond’s killing.

The Post-Dispatch reports that Armond’s death is among 110 murders in St. Louis so far in 2018.

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8 thoughts on “St. Louis Teen Shot Shortly After Posting ‘I Made it to 17’ on Facebook Page

  1. African American Woman on said:

    This burns me TF up! Look at this child! And all that’s said is oh,yeah, there are guns in our communities. There are guns EVERYWHERE! We CHOOSE to use them to decimate each others. We should be outraged as a people. The men in this community should be out right now shutting this nonsense down. But nope, his black life doesn’t matter-there’s no cop or white person involved. Outrageous! This kid could belong to any one of us and if he did, I bet your lame excuses for US killing US would immediately cease.

  2. ANThony on said:

    Heartbreaking on so many levels…
    -gratitude being necessary for what isn’t a 2nd thought for others
    -having his life taken from him
    -having his life taken from him over probably nothing
    -having his life taken from him so young (17years shouldn’t be considered a lifetime)
    -having his life taken from him on his birthday
    -No one in custody and a limited probability for justice
    Anyone of these alone is a travesty.

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