Teenage Shooting Victim Remembered as Family Oriented, Athletic

Katherine Snow Smith, Tampa Bay Times, December 25, 2011

Carl Lee Martin was remembered on Christmas Eve by friends and neighbors as a good athlete and someone who made others smile.

Martin, 15, died Thursday night when Demontray Lovett, 18, of St. Petersburg accidently fired a .40-caliber handgun from the back seat of a stolen minivan, St. Petersburg police said. The bullet went through the right front passenger seat and hit Martin in the torso. Lovett and Martin were part of a group of five people in the van headed for St. Pete Beach, investigators said.

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On Saturday, many neighbors at the Citrus Grove Apartments on 15th Street S, where Martin lived with his mother and siblings, were solemn.

“He was a good person. He made everybody laugh,” said neighbor Melanee Rogers.

Martin, she said, was very close to his family and often played football with his younger siblings.

Martin’s Facebook page was filled Saturday with messages from friends who said they will miss him and that life can change so fast. He attended Pinellas Secondary School.

“He was one of the older guys I would see telling younger ones to do what’s right,” said James Smith, a pastor at Campbell Park Community Church who led a basketball outreach program that included Martin.

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In May, Martin was charged with robbery but the case was later dropped, state records show.

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[Editor’s Note: Carl Martin’s Facebook page paints a different picture from that of this article. See here for excerpts.]

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  • William Hendershot

    The entire drive to limit second amendment rights is because of the inability of blacks to control themselves. If it weren’t for blacks lack of impulse control and overall criminality there would be no call for limiting gun ownership.

  • Mr.White

    He was one of the older guys I would see telling younger ones to do what’s right,” said James Smith, a pastor at Campbell Park Community Church who led a basketball outreach program that included Martin.”

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    I would have to believe cruising around in a stolen car with a .40 caliber gun is somehow contradicts, “doing what’s right.” No mention if or not the victim was in the process of “turning his life around,” as is generally reported when such things happen to them.

  • Tired of It

    @William Hendershot:

    Our marxist/socialist/progressive government doesn’t want to limit second amendment rights, they want to do away with it altogether. Because law abiding citizens who buy their guns legally are the segment of the population they want to control.

    Criminals would still have guns if they did away with the second amendment. They buy theirs on the street illegally. The rest of us would be unable to defend ourselves against them if the idiots in government did away with the second amendment. Like the genocide that is happening to the white people in South Africa now.

    You need to read up on AG Holders Fast & Furious debacle where our lying, criminal government tried to create a false situation in order to go after the second amendment. Which cost a couple of our Border Control agents their lives. They could do a lot more to curb black crime, but why should they, they’re criminals themselves. And blacks are already easily controlled in regards to voting. Which is all Obama’s government cares about. But we are not. We are the ones they want to disenfranchise. Intelligent, articulate, armed people with minds of their own scare our marxist government the most.

  • Madison Grant

    Every time- and I mean every time- a black thug dies while in the commission of a crime the news story carries glowing testimonies from their friends and neighbors about how wonderful they were.

    You would think they were describing Mother Theresa.

    These people are beyond belief.

  • Snowhitey

    What the heck is a Demontray? Reminds me of an article I read where white volunteers at a low-income clinic had a hard time convincing young black women not to name their newborns Latrine! Who would name their child demon-something? Well, it looks as though he’s living up to that name. Mom must be a prophet!

  • on the lam from the Thought Police

    Young black men seem to be talented when it comes to athletics and crime.

  • Eric

    This terrible marxist rag of a newspaper glossed over the fact that this “good athlete with a winning smile” and his friends were on their way to rob, rape or murder some unsuspecting white person. Stolen vehicle, 4 deep with thugz, armed with weapons, late at night going from the ghetto to the white part of town. I imagine a white woman was about to get raped and murdered until fate intervened.

  • Cliff Yablonski

    “He was one of the older guys I would see telling younger ones to do what’s right,” said James Smith, a pastor at Campbell Park Community Church”

    After reading the victim’s facebook posts I have a hard time believing the good pastor’s description of him. Why are all black victims remembered as budding Albert Schweitzer’s by the black community, no matter how foul and criminal their conduct was when they were alive?

  • WHC

    We see this type of scenario repeated so often, that it goes without saying that a very large percentage of black males operate under a criminal mentality. His facebook posts give us a glimpse into the mind of a black racist thug. It seems like poetic justice that his life ended in the way it did. His death may have saved hundreds from being victimized by his criminal ways.

  • Shawn (the female)

    Did you ever notice how every one of these ‘victims’ is the most wonderful, loving human being that ever walked on this planet? Each and every one is a ‘goot boy’, ‘would do anything for anybody’ is loved by everyone?

    Never mind the ‘friends’ he hangs with, his PO-leese record, or where he was and what he was doing at the time he was kilt?

  • scott81

    a black gang banger who hates “crackers” and police gets wasted and the black community just paint him as an honest church going man who just happened to be in the wrong place.The level of denial is unbelievable, thanfully thing like facebook show the blatantly false mainstream misrepresentation.

  • Anonymous

    Was he aspiring to rap?

  • Paleface 6

    “Mr.White wrote at 7:10 PM on December 28:

    He was one of the older guys I would see telling younger ones to do what’s right,” said James Smith, a pastor at Campbell Park Community Church who led a basketball outreach program that included Martin.”

    —————————————————————————————-

    I would have to believe cruising around in a stolen car with a .40 caliber gun is somehow contradicts, “doing what’s right.” No mention if or not the victim was in the process of “turning his life around,” as is generally reported when such things happen to them.”

    Maybe Pastor Smith’s definition of “right” fits with that of Jeremiah Wright.

  • Lee

    The ironic thing? If this group of “family oriented, athletic, makes everybody laught” thugs had run across the writer Katherine Snow-Smith late that night, she probably would have wound up raped, robbed, and perhaps dead.

    I would be interesting for Ms Smith to read Carl Martin’s Facebook comments and hear her reaction. Of course, I’m sure it would be more of the same politically correct pap that she writes daily.

  • Uptown

    There was an article recently in the San Francisco Chronicle about Knock Out King, a game where the goal is to hit an unsuspecting passerby and knock that person out with one punch. The article was otherwise accurate, but did not note that those initiating the game were almost always black males. There were about 150 comments, most of which noted the racial aspect. What is notable, given that the Chronicle usually deletes comments criticizing black culture, is the almost uniform intensity of anger expressed. [There were a few who blamed the system, racism, etc.] The Rev. James Smith, a pastor at Campbell Park Community Church who led a basketball outreach program that included Martin, fools no one with his praise. @Eric gets it exactly right: Martin was inadvertently shot by a confederate while on a trip to hurt and humiliate some white person.

  • Lygeia

    He was fifteen and “in the process of turning his life around?”

  • Julie

    #14

    Miss Katherine Snow-Smith went into journalism to *make a difference*.

  • S.L. Cain

    Five young black thugs riding around in a stolen car with a handgun. A familiar scenario that often ends in robbery, rape and murder. By putting an end to the night’s fun, young master Demontray might have actually – inadvertently – saved someone’s life through his thoughtless act of wanton violence.

    As some commenters on the original story noted, the victim’s Face Book page reveals him to be an aspiring gangsta, complete with a “money photo”, and illiterate threats to “p***y as white crackas” that they hand over their money. And both he and the shooter had been charged several times for theft, battery, etc. I’ll be quite honest. I’m glad he’s dead. He would never have amounted to anything but trouble. I have absolutely no sympathy for these black ghetto dwellers. None.

  • Anonymous

    The White man’s boom-stick is hard to operate.

    They way they carry on about theses dead thugs you would think because poor Devontavious was “kilt”, we may never find the cure for cancer now. As for missions to Mars, you can forget that little D’andre’ was expelled.