public safety exception to copyright, blog post by John Hoff
Devonte Coppage, (DOB 9/3/91) who was the first murder victim of 2014 in St. Paul, was reportedly attempting to make a drug deal when he was shot at a gas station in St. Paul. Antonio Ray Seals is charged with second degree murder in the death of Coppage. I have confirmed Devonte Coppage is related to the Coppage family involved in the infamous Coppage murders in St. Paul roughly two decades ago.
JNS blog named Coppage as the recent St. Paul murder victim last night, a day before any other media source named Coppage. I also published his criminal record, plus...
...the thin criminal records of three people alleged to be involved in the incident, plus some images from the Facebook page of Coppage; a veritable visual celebration of the doomed and dead-end "thug lifestyle."
Check out his page to see if I judge too harshly.
Prior to being named on JNS blog, however, Coppage was named on North Vent Facebook forum.
North Minneapolis Resident Or Not?
I have heard, persistently, that Coppage resided in North Minneapolis but all records I've turned up for him show New Hope, Minnesota.
However, he lists "Minneapolis" as his place of residence on Facebook. He also lists himself as "married" to a woman going by the Facebook name of KeeKee Dem Dollars. Whether there is an actual marriage or not, she appears to be the mother of his child and ALSO lists her residence as "Minneapolis." A number of his Facebook photos have the look and feel of North Minneapolis and through North Vent Facebook forum I know Coppage had at least one good friend who resides in North Minneapolis. However, I do not have an actual street address for Coppage in North Minneapolis, only in New Hope. So I can't say with certainty that Coppage was a North Minneapolis resident but I definitely can't rule it out.
Threatened To Kill A Mother, Two Children, Allegedly
Now I've dug up a disturbing criminal charge from May of this year. Click here for a copy of the criminal complaint.
On May 13, at 5:41 in the morning, officers were summoned to 3014 31st Ave. S. upon a report of an assault. A female whose initials are NW met with police and said Devonte Coppage broke into her apartment, assaulted her, and threatened to kill her and her two children. She claimed Coppage had choked her.
For some unknown reason, Coppage was only charged with BURGLARY in the incident for the breaking and entering. I assume the victim was not entirely cooperative.
His address, listed on the criminal complaint, is 4661 Independence Ave., #202, New Hope, MN.
Linked By Blood To Murder Of Coppage Siblings
I have confirmed that Devonte Coppage is related to the Coppage family who were victims of the infamous gang-related firebombing incident which claimed the lives of five Coppage children, all siblings of Andrew Coppage.
Andre Coppage, who survived the incident, is on Facebook and identifies Devonte Coppage as his relative.