Do white lives matter?
James Sapone was a 48-year-old white man living in St. Louis, getting ready to grab dinner with his fiancee. He was gunned down by two blacks in a “robbery gone wrong.”
[Photographer killed in Cherokee Street robbery was heading out to dinner with fiancée when shot, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 21, 2019]:
James Sapone, 48, who went by Anthony, was about to go out to dinner with his fiancée, Amy Sprandel, about 9 p.m. Monday in the 2700 block of Cherokee Street when they were approached by a man, Sprandel said Wednesday afternoon.
“Anthony had opened the car door for me like he always did,” said Sprandel. “And this man walks up and they started having words. Anthony stood up for himself. That’s who he was — he didn’t back down.”
The man was attempting to rob Sapone, when a woman approached Sprandel and fought with her, trying to take her purse, Sprandel said.
“She was actually smiling at me,” Sprandel said.
Soon Sprandel heard a loud bang, and the attackers ran off. Sapone had been shot and was lying on the ground. She called 911 and tried to give him CPR, but he stopped breathing before EMS arrived, Sprandel said.
“We were celebrating our one year anniversary,” she said. “He had shown me the ring he was going to buy. I’m just … devastated.”
Sapone had served in the Navy before taking a job in the pharmaceutical business in St. Louis at MilliporeSigma. His true passion, though, was his side photography business and playing the guitar, said Sprandel. Sprandel dances under the stage name Ami Amore and Sapone was working on a song for her to dance to before his death.
“He was a deep thinker. I’d describe him as withdrawn,” said Sapone’s sister, Frankie Sapone-Henderson.
Sapone had moved to Cherokee Street to live with Sprandel less than a year ago. The couple worried about crime in the area, but enjoyed the artistic environment in the neighborhood known for antiques, bars and restaurants, Sprandel said.
But police say violent crime like this is rare on Cherokee Street today.
“Armed robberies, violent crimes like this are not common,” said St. Louis police District 3 Capt. Ryan Cousins. “It’s more petty larcenies and small fights that we do see there. Every now and then we’ll see a stolen car from a back parking lot.”
The male suspect is described as in his early to mid-30s, 5 feet, 9 inches, or 5 feet, 10 inches, with a medium build and a medium complexion, shoulder length braids or dreadlocks, wearing a grey hoodie and armed with a handgun. The female suspect is described as in her late 20s or early 30s, 5 feet, 5 inches or 5 feet, 6 inches with a medium build, medium complexion and wearing a baseball cap turned backwards and a blue jacket with red details or piping.
The vehicle is described as a silver Ford Edge SUV, year 2008 to 2013, which may have an Illinois State temporary tag. The passenger side rear window is covered by a black trash bag. The SUV also has a rear window “winglet spoiler” and a front antenna mass.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter couldn’t even call James Sapone’s killers “black,” which would have helped alert the public on who to be on the lookout for.
A “random robbery” in St. Louis gone wrong.
There’s a reason it’s called Bell Curve City…
Rest in peace, James.