Lamar Lael Lindsey

22 Years Old

November 10, 1979 to july 13, 2002

Lamar was born on November 10, 1979, in Savannah, Georgia, weighing 9 pounds and 1 ounce. I knew he would be a very big boy.

Lamar was very athletic as a child and enjoyed all sports. When he was four, he scored 30 of the 34 goals that his soccer team made for the entire season. That was just the beginning of activities that Lamar participated in. Larmar played football, basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis and was a great self taught swimmer. He played these sports in Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, and Germany. He met, socialized and liked people from various geographical and social backgrounds.

Lamar enjoyed traveling with his parents and his only sister Shandra. He was full of fun and laughter and had no problem sharing his happiness with others. He loved to eat, especially his Mom’s cooking. He was one of the few people that I knew who would mix all of his food together before consuming it. We often called him “Miki”, because he would eat almost anything. It was nothing for us to wake-up and hear Lamar downstairs rustling up some food and cranking up the microwave.

Lamar loved to build things and work with electronics and computers. We knew who to turn to whenever we bought something new that had to be put together or had a lot of directions.

Lamar graduated from Burgess High School with a 3.0 average at the age of 17. He attended Kentucky Community College for a few semesters before deciding to join the United States Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, Lamar decided to move back home to pursue computer school and his CDL to become a tractor trailer driver.


Lamar was suddenly taken from us on the morning of July 13, 2002. He was driving his car on Candler Road in Decatur, Georgia, when he accidentally bumped the rear of another car driven by Ladonte Shipman. They both got out of their cars to view the damages. There was no damage to Lamar’s car and Ladonte Shipman had two small black marks on his rear bumper which came from Lamar’s front license plate bolts. They pulled into a convenience store parking lot where Ladonte Shipman became very irate even though Lamar told him that he would pay for the damages. Ladonte Shipman was not satisfied with that, so with some urging he received a gun from a friend and shot Lamar 10 times. Lamar died instantly.

Ladonte Shipman was convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter and was sentenced the maximum of 20 years of which he must do eighteen. He is currently in Dodge State Prison in Georgia, serving his sentence.

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Lamar Lindsey