Lamar Hale posted about getting gunned down hours before he was murdered on St. Paul street

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Lamar Hale (pic via Facebook)
On Wednesday, Lamar Hale posted a Facebook status about getting shot. Within hours he was dead after being gunned down on a street in the Payne-Phalen area of St. Paul.

The man charged with second-degree murder for shooting Hale, 25, is his cousin, 24-year-old Chevaze Ward, who'd been beefing with Hale over money in recent days, the criminal complaint says.

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On Monday, Hale posted this photo to Facebook:

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Then, just hours before he was gunned down, Hale posted this:


Witnesses say Ward and Hale confronted each other at a Mobil station at East Seventh Street and Cypress Street shortly before the shooting.

Ward was sitting in a Mercury Sable with a number of his family members when he saw Hale standing next to a silver Buick in the gas station parking lot.

"[Hale] said, 'What's up?' He said it in a confrontational way," the complaint says, citing an account given to police by one of Ward's fellow passengers.

A man who says he was driving the Sable at the time of the shooting gave police this account of the conversation that occurred in the car shortly before shots rang out (taken from the complaint):
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Ward's mugshot from a 2008 arrest. His latest mugshot hasn't been released.
[The driver] was aware that [Hale and Ward] were having an argument about money. He heard that [Hale] wanted to fight with the defendant [i.e., Ward] over the incident. He, his uncle, and his father were also present with the defendant in the car prior to the shooting. They were telling the defendant that they are family so they should work it out. The defendant said that he is big and has two bad knees so he cannot fight anymore. The defendant said that he would just shoot whoever wanted to fight with him.
And indeed, that's how it played out, or so the complaint says. Another passenger in Ward's car gave police this account of the shooting:
A short time [after leaving the gas station] they were stopped at Arcade Street south of Case Avenue for a traffic light. [Hale] pulled up, driving the silver Buick. He was positioned along the passenger side of the green car. [Hale] got out of the Buick and walked around the driver's side of the green car. He opened the rear door on the driver's side and attempted to pull the defendant out of the car. The defendant then pulled a handgun out of a white sock and shot [Hale] multiple times. The defendant then ran away on foot. The others got out of the green car, pulled the victim into the Buick, and drove to the fire station for help.
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GhettoSuperStarz
GhettoSuperStarz

A few things wrong here.Firstly why are cousins fighting.So much for the black family community.Secondly, why are they all thugged out and using the N word?Thirdly, they take him to the fire station.These people are products of terrible parents.Where is the humility of just walking away.Why are they “beefing”, why can’t they accept they are low life scum, and no one cares for them?Maybe they should have thought about what goes around, comes around?Embrace thug life, and live thug life, you’ll die by thug life.

Drug dealers, gang bangers, and a guy who also is defending himself… The family needs to take responsibility – something they don’t want to.

tc507
tc507

This is the product of black men being raised by black women. In a single parent house.

Bethany Tait
Bethany Tait

You can heal from getting your ass kicked, not so much from getting shot in the neck. The victim is still a victim.

Amanda M. Jacoby
Amanda M. Jacoby

You know what, I thought the exact same thing!! I'm so sorry for the families lost but I do believe the shooter was defending himself.

Sabrina Edwards
Sabrina Edwards

I'm on the East Side..it's gettin out of hand over here.

Cannibal Carlson
Cannibal Carlson

I'm sorry, but am I missing something here? The defendant was confronted at the gas station and not reacting with violence and then was confronted again and an attempt was made to drag him out of the car to assault him? How is this not self defense? Even the "victim" knew he had bad knees and couldn't viably defend himself with his hands. What the hell did he expect?

Danette Allrich
Danette Allrich

Take a look at the young man's 'public' FB page. Check out all of his pics & you will have to agree this pic is pretty much the best one. He appeared to be a drug dealer & very proud of the fact. THIS is what we on the east side of St Paul are dealing with & we are so very tired of it. Now his friends/family is asking the public for financial donations and tagging nearby signs with "RIP Lucky". Please, donate to the local businesses who are now struggling due to the negative exposure from shooting. To all of you thugs, originally from Chicago, can you please go back home???

Whitney Koprowski
Whitney Koprowski

And it was clear the whole family was hurting really badly at the court appearance. This is too sad.

Kristall Davis
Kristall Davis

The saddest thing about this entire incident is the fact that is was "family."

CaptBeefin
CaptBeefin

"The man charged with second-degree murder for shooting Hale, 25, is his cousin, 24-year-old Chevaze Ward, who'd been beefing with Hale over money in recent days, the criminal complaint says."  


Fine, fine writing city pages. hats off. 

Kevin Clark
Kevin Clark

It might be consistent with the theme headline that he had bragged on social media before his death, hence a social media popular image style of a mirror selfie

Kevin Clark
Kevin Clark

What shocked me most out of the entire story wasn't that bragged before dying or his cousin killed him in front of family members but who hides a gun in a sox?

Richard Robinson Jr.
Richard Robinson Jr.

Ray I can google a better picture of this young man! Surely an entity such as City Pages could have depicted a better image! But what do I know!

Warren G James
Warren G James

that's what happens when you mess with other guys women dumb ass

Ray Baltera
Ray Baltera

Do you want an old prom picture or something?

Joe McShan
Joe McShan

Is that really the best picture y'all could get?

GhettoSuperStarz
GhettoSuperStarz

The vicitm had every chance to just walk away, but he decided he's going to be the tough guy.  Like Trayvon Martin I suppose.

GhettoSuperStarz
GhettoSuperStarz

@Jeff55414 - you are an idiot - Danette is right - thugged out life, drugs, it's all related to the same culture!

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