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

Man accused of killing Good Samaritan who tried to help him after Minn. car crash - KFYR-TV
Man accused of killing Good Samaritan who tried to help him after Minn. car crash
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.

“The Sanmiguel family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this difficult time,” the statement read. “They will greatly miss Javier, a man of deep commitment to his Catholic faith and his family. Helping others came naturally, so it comes as no surprise to those who knew him that Javier died like he lived, selflessly serving others. Thank you for respecting the familys privacy as they move forward without their beloved son, husband, father and friend.”

911 transcript recounts frantic moments good Samaritan shot, killed in St. Paul

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.

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

Javier Sanmiguel Yanez, 31, was fatally shot around 10 p.m. Monday after he ran out to help those in a car accident at Case Avenue and Edgerton Street. He leaves behind his wife, Kayla, and four children — Javier, Emilia, Isabel and Petra.

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.

Donors to the fundraiser expressed their sorrow and sympathy. “Bad things should not happen to people who are doing good,” one donor wrote. “Always keep believing that the helpers will be honored,” wrote another.

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.

Sanmiguel Yanez’s family is being helped by a family friend, Zita Larson, a teacher at the St. Agnes Catholic School in Frogtown. Larson has created a GoFundMe fundraising page to help with the funeral and family expenses.

“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.

Family friends set up an online fundraising page for the family of a Good Samaritan who was fatally shot outside his St. Paul home this week while he was checking on an accident victim.

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

The occupant of the crashed Ford Escape, 27-year-old Lionel Keejuan Eaton of Roseville, was charged Tuesday in connection with the fatally shooting.

“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.

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

They’ve raised more than $80,000 as of Thursday morning, surpassing their original goal of $50,000.

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

Javier Sanmiguels wife, Kayla, told dispatchers that shots had been fired after the crash in front of their Payne-Phalen home. While she was on the phone, she asked a man next to her if he knew who had been shot. He said, Javier.

The dispatcher tried to get her attention as the man kept her from going outside, saying that the shooter was still out there.

Sanmiguels wife began screaming. My husband was shot! Please, get over here please! My husband was shot! Please, please please! [Crying, screaming], the transcript shows.

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