Missouri teen shot dead an hour after "I made it to see 17" birthday post on Facebook

Armond Latimore, who has been claimed to be a rather helpful, decent kid by his mother, is being criticized by several for his picture with gun and cash on Facebook.


                            Missouri teen shot dead an hour after "I made it to see 17" birthday post on Facebook

Armond Latimore was shot to death just an hour after he posted on his Facebook page about his 17th birthday. St. Louis resident, Latimore, was shot on Saturday at 1 pm in the 3100 block of North Grand Boulevard, just after he posted on Facebook: "Thru all the bullshit I den been thru I’m just glad I can say I made it to see 17 #MYDAY #FREEGANG.”

He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Armond's 38-year-old mother, Chandra D. Payne, was out buying ice cream for the cake that she was preparing for her son's birthday when she was informed that her son was shot in the head.

As he did not want a huge celebration, "He told me that he wanted ice cream. I went to Save A Lot and three minutes later I received the call.” She informed about a bully who used to harass Armond while he was a sophomore at Vashon High School. She had found out about it in a paper she found in his drawer, however, Armond never discussed about it with her. 



Regarding the pictures of Armond holding a gun and cash which have been going around on Facebook, Payne said that her son was nothing like that but used to be a rather helpful kid. "He was always a helping-hand child. He would cut grass, wash your car or sell water. He loved music and loved money and always made it the right way.”

A 60-year-old St. Louis resident, Harvey Collins, almost reflects Payne's statement when he mentioned his encounter with Armond just two hours before his death. The teen had helped his daughter move into her dorm at Harris-Stowe State University as his son had picked up Armond to help with the move.



Collins said, "I can’t believe that a couple hours later he was dead. That’s a crying shame.” A car has been identified by the police which is being suspected to have been used for Armond's assassination.

The St. Louis Police Department had released a few footages from a surveillance camera which show a 2009 four-door Pontiac G8 that was apparently taken in a carjacking. It was the same car which was used in Armond's shooting when he was shot outside a Chinese restaurant on North Grand Boulevard.