used under First Amendment Fair Comment and Criticism, also public
safety exception to copyright, blog post by John Hoff
Devonte Coppage, the first homicide in St. Paul in 2014, was a member of a family cursed by murder. His cousins were victims of a 1994 gang-related firebombing that claimed five children. Now, incredibly, JNS blog has learned a relative of Devonte Coppage died in an eerily similar shooting at a gas station in New Orleans just weeks ago...
William Coppage is the uncle of Devonte Coppage. On Facebook, he is William Godsgreatfulson Coppage. Writing on Facebook following the murder of Devonte, and specifically referencing that murder, William Coppage said as follows:
This can not be real man to have lost a brother and a nephew in 3 weeks the same way this shit really fucking hurts my whole body I'm so sorry I feel so bad. I love you sister and niece and my nephews I'm so very very sorry.
Responding to an inquiry by one of his Facebook friends about what happened to his brother, William stated his "baby brother in New Orleans" named "Emmanuel" had been recently killed. It appears William Coppage is referencing the death of Emmanuel Jethro, age 33, shot December 11 at Family Ranch Discount gas station in New Orleans. Click here for an informative article about that incident.
Authorities in that state are seeking a 17-year-old named Tracy Bell. Based on the relationship of William Coppage to Devonte Coppage (uncle to nephew) it would appear the brother of William Coppage would also be the uncle of Devonte Coppage.
It is, of course, a bit of hyperbole or metaphor to say the family is "cursed" by murder. Obviously, these things keep happening not on the basis of a "curse" rooted in something supernatural, but on the basis of bad lifestyle choices made generation after generation.