Man accused of killing Good Samaritan who tried to help him after Minn. car crash – WCTV

Man accused of killing Good Samaritan who tried to help him after Minn. car crash - WCTV
Man accused of killing Good Samaritan who tried to help him after Minn. car crash
St. Paul police have released transcripts of two 911 calls made during the fatal shooting of Javier Sanmiguel Yanez on Monday at Case Avenue and Edgerton Street.

Lionel Eaton, a 27-year-old Roseville man, has been charged in connection with Sanmiguel Yanez’s death with one count of second-degree murder committed during a drive-by shooting and a second count of third-degree murder.

“Kayla & Kiddos. My wife & I have been praying for you daily. My heart breaks for your loss and I cannot imagine everything that has occurred in the last 48 hours. Your family & especially Javier have been so good to me. Youve loved me like your own family & Javier would text all the time. Ill never forget the time we spent together & I pray that Jesus gives you a peace that transcends all understanding and the gift of strength in this season because He is Strong! Javier is an amazing man & I am excited to see him again knowing He had a personal relationship with Jesus and strong faith! Love you guys. Praying!”

Eaton’s attorney said his client was acting out of fear for his own safety when he pulled the trigger.

“On 9/9/2019, Javier Sanmiguel was shot as he was running out to help those in a car accident outside of his home, leaving behind his loving wife, Kayla, and four beautiful children, Javier, Emilia, Isabel and Petra. Any amount of prayer and/or monetary donation is helpful beyond explanation. Javier was a loving, upstanding and faithful man for his God, family, and community. Your donations mean more than can be said in words.”

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (WCCO/CNN) – A 27-year-old man in Minnesota has been charged with the murder of a good Samaritan, who was fatally shot while responding to the scene of a car crash.

Lionel Eaton, 27, is charged with one count of second-degree murder by drive-by shooting and one count of third-degree murder.

His son, named for his father, Javier, attends Saint Agnes School. The director of admissions at the school said of Sanmiguel Yanez, “Javier and his family are good friends of ours. Javier will always be an excellent example of someone who would do anything for anyone. Tragically his life was cut short two days ago. Even to the last act he was a was and will be known as the Good Samaritan.”

Police say Eaton caused a chain-reaction crash Monday night in a neighborhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Neighbors who heard the crash, including 31-year-old Javier Sanmiguel Yanez, rushed out of their homes.

Police said officers responded to a report of a multiple-vehicle crash but while on the way, were told by dispatch that shots had been fired. When police got there, they found four vehicles that had been involved in the crash, an uninjured woman whose vehicle had been rear ended, a good Samaritan suffering gunshot wounds and the suspect, who was driving another vehicle involved in the crash.

Yanez and several others began looking for the driver who had triggered the crash, which damaged at least four cars.

“Last night this wonderful man by the name of Javier was killed by gun in St. Paul, MN trying to help. My beautiful cousin Kayla Sanmiguel is clearly dumbfounded by this act as she and her four children will never see this man again. Please hold her up in your hearts, if you pray – then pray. So senseless, so horrific, just the worst. A tragedy.”

Neighbors say Eaton had climbed into the back of a hatchback after the crash. They thought he might have been injured, so they opened the hatch to check. Thats when the suspect allegedly began shooting from inside the car.

“Please pray for the brother-in-law of student Rob Kowitz, Javier Sanmiguel Yanez, who was tragically killed on Monday night. Javier leaves behind his widow, Kayla (Rob’s sister), and four children. Javier was acting as a good Samaritan when he was killed. Eternal rest grant unto Him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.”

We noticed he was in the back of the hatch. When the gentleman across the street tried to open the lever and asked him to get out, that is when he opened fire… Thats a monster to open fire on innocent people just trying to help everybody, said a witness only identified as Maya.

Family of good Samaritan Javier Sanmiguel Yanez, killed in StP this week, released statement reading in part, "so it comes as no surprise to those who knew him that Javier died like he lived, selflessly serving others." Javier's GoFundMe has exploded beyond $50k goal in 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/3vInzh3cLz

“There was no reason for him to fire, none. No one was being aggressive towards him or anything like that, said Charlie, a neighbor who was right next to Yanez when he was shot.

“This story hits hard. Kayla, the wife, was a former co-worker of my husband, a lovely person. I was excited as their first child joined the school where our kids attend. Words can not suffice for their loss. Please pray for consolation and healing for this beautiful, faith-filled family left behind.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the victims family. It has already raised more than $25,000.

Sanmiguel Yanez, who went by the nickname Javi, worked for Language Banc, a interpreting, translation and interpreter training services company in Minneapolis. A rep for the company wrote, “Javier was a wonderful person and a great employee for our company. We will miss him greatly.”

“This guy did exactly what I would want him to do, if I was injured in an accident. Id want him to come to my aid, and he did exactly that. Its extremely sad that he paid for his life, said Sgt. Mike Ernster with Saint Paul Police.

Described as a good Samaritan, Javier Sanmiguel Yanez rushed out of his Saint Paul home late Monday night after hearing a car crash outside. As he opened a door on a car involved in accident, police say the man inside opened fire. Sanmiquel Yanez was fatally shot in the head.

Eaton is in custody at the Ramsey County Jail. His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Police say Yanezs death was one of three separate fatal shootings in the city in less than nine hours.


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