the birthday that armond latimore died

sometimes,
you read a story and realize just how precious life can be.
it takes you out of your self absorption for just a second.
it can show how silent enemies can be created too.
this following story did that for me.
so everyone say goodbye to armond latimore.
he just turned 17 and was looking forward to a brand new year ahead.
this is what he posted on his facebook on his birthday:

…but what he didn’t realize is later on that day,
his life would end in tragically.
this is what the “new york post” had to font…

A St. Louis teenager posted online that he was glad to make it to his 17th birthday after all he’d been through. Just over an hour later, he was fatally shot in the head.

Armond Latimore was shot outside a restaurant about 1 p.m. Saturday — his birthday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. No arrests have been made. Homicide detectives are investigating.

His mother, Chandra Payne, said she had gone to a store when she got the news.

“He told me that he wanted ice cream,” Payne said. “I went to Save A Lot and three minutes later I received the call.”

Latimore’s post to Facebook earlier Saturday celebrated just getting to his birthday. It read: “Thru all the (expletive) I den been thru I’m just glad I can say I made it to see 17.”

Latimore was a sophomore at Vashon High School. After the shooting, Payne said she found a paper her son wrote for school about a bully who wouldn’t stop harassing him. She said Latimore never told her or other relatives about any problem he was having with anyone.

Payne said that since the shooting, concerned people have pointed out to her photos on Latimore’s Facebook page where he is seen with a lot of cash and posing with a gun. She said her son didn’t own a gun, and that the money belonged to someone else.

She said her son was a good kid.

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

Harvey Collins, 60, saw Latimore two hours before his death when the teen helped move Collins’ daughter into her dorm at Harris-Stowe State University.

“I can’t believe that a couple hours later he was dead,” Collins said. “That’s a crying shame.”

i’m sure you have the same question i have.

Why does a 17 have that kind of money?

…and not even in the bank?
in every other picture,
he’s flexing all over the book.


i hope they can find whoever killed him.
i’m sure if they look hard enough,
they can piece the clues together off his facebook.
may armond rip.

check out: his facebook
article cc: new york post

Author: jamari fox

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4 thoughts on “the birthday that armond latimore died

  1. Hey so sad I just learned of this incident
    About the latimore boy…my my my he so young but he seem like a nice boy probably just misguided but there’s nothing the lord can’t straighten out if you only believe he can
    I wish I could of help him some how.
    I been reading so much things online t.Soto mayer news is how I learned about this tragic event.

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