An hour after posting that he was glad to have turned 17-years-old, a Black teen boy was shot in the head as he stood outside a St. Louis, Missouri restaurant, according to Black News.
Armond Latimore was shot on his birthday on Saturday outside Bing Lau restaurant. His mother told the St. Louis Dispatch that she got a call about him being shot when she went to get ice cream for his birthday cake.
“He told me that he wanted ice cream,” said Chandra Payne, Latimore’s mother. “I went to Save A Lot and three minutes later I received the call.”
Facebook posts reportedly showing Latimore with a handgun in his pants began to circulate, with his mom saying that it did not belong to him, according to The Independent.
“He was always a helping-hand child,” Payne told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He would cut grass, wash your car or sell water. He loved music and loved money and always made it the right way.”
Erik Lewis, one of Latimore’s teachers, wrote on Facebook that the teen was “full of life.”
“The guy was always smiling, full of humor, and full of life,” Lewis wrote, per the Independent. “Always making me laugh. Most certainly a life to be honored.”
No arrests have been made in connection with his death.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.