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post by John Hoff
Antonio R. Seals, 18 years old, is accused of shooting and killing Devonte Coppage in a botched drug deal in a parking lot in St. Paul. Following my blogging about Coppage and his criminal record, I was asked (rather pointedly) if I was going to blog about the individuals accused in his killing? As though I would actually play favorites in these dirtbag-versus-dirtbag encounters.
So here you go. Here's what I've turned up...
I do not yet have a Facebook page for ANTONIO R. SEALS, the accused shooter. I have, however, turned up a page for Alfonso FreeSeals Seals, the brother of Antonio who was also in the car during the shooting.
In the image above, ALFONSO (the brother) is wearing the white jacket. The guy to Alfonso's left (viewer's right) wearing a black shirt with a black heart looks very much like Antonio R. Seals, the accused shooter. The other two individuals are unidentified.
This photo, below, is definitely Alfonso (black shorts) and Antonio.
The image was posted on January 11 and appears to serve as a statement of support by Alfonso for his brother Antonio. Commentary on the photo appears to reference the arrest of Antonio, as follows:
Jake McBride: Sorry to hear about Antonio bruh, prayin for him tho.
Some photos, which I am refraining from publishing, show Alfonso with a baby girl and the baby's mother. Interestingly, the ages of Alfonso's baby girl and Devonte Coppage's baby girl are not that far apart. And both Antonio and Devonte allegedly brought a gun to the scene of a drug buy, and both Antonio and Coppage brought their brother along and both seem to have been close to their brothers.
If these thugs had TALKED to each other instead of TAKING UP ARMS (allegedly) they might find they have A LOT in common. I thought one of the assertions behind legalized marijuana is it makes people more mellow?
Alfonso published a number of self-portraits. Here is one which also shows a tattoo.
Below is one of a number of "young guys just hanging out, up to nothing that seems productive" photos. The figures are indistinct, but not the black heart on the shirt of the one to the far left. That appears to be Antonio, the accused shooter, in the same shirt.
Here's one of Alfonso with a bong in the background.
Before one of the annoying troll commenters wants to call that object a decorative vase, keep in mind Alfonso identified it as a bong in a Facebook conversation attached as comments to the photo, as follows:
David Balderas: Jay Jay... Happy Birthday! What is that in the back on the dresser...lol...have a great day! (November 7, 2012)
Antonio Freeseals Seals: Thanks my bong he's a hitter
An individual identifying herself as "grams" (Celia Quintanilla- Balderas) said she loves him dearly but he should "remove your bong for me ok!" Clearly, Alfonso didn't listen to his grandma because the photo is still there for bloggers to find, even after a shooting allegedly involving marijuana.
Grams had no comment on the photo below.
The age of this photo, below, is unknown. Note all the white scuff marks. This appears to be a scan of a photo in hard copy which has seen a lot of wear and tear.
Nothing good comes of somebody this young hanging out with this type of group throwing gang signs, with alcoholic beverages set down on the pavement; the better to throw gang signs.
Here is one of a number of "flipping the bird" self-portraits. I guess Alfonso is saying, "Go f*** yourself, Alfonso." And it turns out he really, really did.
Not sure what this photo below means, except that Alfonso doesn't know which hand is supposed to be used for saluting.
There is also a series of 5 photos showing a football player for Highland Park High School, Number 34. Here is the best and most distinct image, below.
In context, the images appear to show Alfonso Seals.
I have also turned up a Facebook page for the mother of Alfonso and Antonio. Her page contains pictures of grandchildren and expressions of religious faith during recent trying times, such as the following photo.
There is a more Facebook information out there. Turns out Derrick Anthony Parker, the third individual allegedly in the "shooter car," is a minor rapper who goes by the stage name Kidd Magiic (sic). Parker has actually been doing a little bit of self-promotion in the wake of the deadly shooting.
More on THAT later, stay tuned.