"Save Yourselves": Mysterious Sign Pleads for Peace After Shooting Kills Man at Picnic

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Even in a place like St. Louis, where gun battles all too often claim the lives of the players involved and the civilians on the sidelines, the shooting that killed a twenty-year-old man at the University City High School alumni picnic was heartbreaking.

What was supposed to be a pleasant summer afternoon reliving high school days with other alumni in Heman Park turned deadly by early evening. More than 1,000 people were still in the park when gunshots rang out, killing Mario Wallace, 20, and injuring a 39-year-old man.

In an anonymous gesture that seems remarkable in light of the near-constant violence facing some St. Louis neighborhoods, someone left an improvised sign in Heman Park, at the site of the killing. Written clumsily in marker on cardboard, the sign signals a desperate need to have a vital message -- "Put down the guns and save yourselves," -- read by anyone who could still choose a path without guns, killings and violence.

The sign reads:

To all of our youth, you are killing one another. You have put the KKK and some of the corrupt police out of business. You don't own any blocks, territory, hoods. Stop acting like animals and start to behave like the Gods that you are. Put down the guns and save yourselves. PEACE. R.I.P. Mario

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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46 comments
Jennifer Lynn
Jennifer Lynn

FSM= Flying Spaghetti Monster????? That's all I got

Charles Davis
Charles Davis

If you people had as much intelligence as you think you have, you'd know the author of this note is a member of the 5% Nation.

Zac Nevill
Zac Nevill

nobody would give a shit about that sign let alone actually read it and apply it. looks like it was written by a homeless guy on the back of an imos box

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

^ liberal to conservative translation = it's whitey's fault.

Stephanie Thorsten
Stephanie Thorsten

That sign needs to be plastered on EVERY StL block. These so-called parents(father AND mother) need to be held accountable....they refused to raise their offspring with respect to authority and self. It's ridiculous that the kids/young adults have zero regard for human life, much less their own family.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Does anyone find it odd that the people who it is aimed at can't even read it?  

earlsmusic
earlsmusic

Good stuff. While saying morning pledges, add this one.

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

Reading the responses will give you a clue where the real problem lies, it's human nature to hate.

Leland Avants II
Leland Avants II

Blasphemy. I pray the FSM shall touch you with his noodley appendage.

Lena Melton
Lena Melton

Only after understanding the history of how/why my people got to behaving like this can we truly fix this problem of violence and self destruction. Praying for all people, races, affected by the violence in my home city

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

like putting up an ad for free steaks in an all vegetarian neighborhood.

Jeff Craig
Jeff Craig

The intent of this note is good.

Rhi Rhi
Rhi Rhi

Whoever made this sign is a fuckin idiot

Chris Voorhis
Chris Voorhis

Herd. Your spelling is just as bad as your personal opinion. Both make you look uneducated.

Kenneth Lane
Kenneth Lane

I live near St. Louis. Every morning brings the reports of gun deaths--every damn day! The NRA is a bloody monster of an organization and gun fruits are chickenshit sissy boys with serious personal problems.

Shane Coats
Shane Coats

Then they would have to give up free stuff and take personal responsibility! Aint gonna happen! They'll sacrifice their children to the streets just to keep from seeking gainful employment

Justin Evans
Justin Evans

That would be a Herd Scotty Scott Fogarty. When being a smart-ass, one must 1st be smart.

Scott Fogarty
Scott Fogarty

Let them shoot each other all they want. Thin that heard out.

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

Some of you people wave the "racist" flag around as much as when idiot females appear on Judge Judy, trying to sue for "sexual harassment". She reminds the FEMALE that brought on the charges that the true definition of "sexual harassment" is NOT when someone makes lude remarks or when they hit on a fellow employee. She reminds the litigants that the defendant is definitely guilty of having bad taste, but it is not sexual harassment. (Then she turns her attention to the idiot female and cuts her down to size so well that no two pieces are touching on another!

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

I believe that this person isn't lunatic at all. Now, I have to figure out how to say, "He hit the nail on the head! " in Ebonics. Oh. I got it! It just came to me! Hea' it go! "TRUE DAT!"

Ryan Paluczak
Ryan Paluczak

If you think the author is crazy, you aren't intelligent enough to understand what he is saying. So maybe just keep your idiocy to yourselves. Why do people flaunt their stupidity, I'd try to hide mine...

Charles Miller
Charles Miller

Okay. Let's see who can be the biggest St. Louis racist without saying the n-word.

Rafael Gonzalez
Rafael Gonzalez

It is a cultural problem and the cycle needs to stop.

heppy
heppy

"like the gods that you are" --- i really like that line.

Tim Richbourg
Tim Richbourg

Im surprised no one is saying anything about the 'animal' word. But they are not gods. None of us humans are gods.

Nicole Hastings
Nicole Hastings

You focus one word or another and you miss the point.

Ryan Masters
Ryan Masters

Dafuq? Gods? The KKK? This person is a lunatic.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

I feel as though tthe UCITY shooting at the picnic was PROOF POSITIVE that there is a culture problem within a section of the community (nationally) and it needs to be focused on. Me and James Clark discuss these things on social media at length.

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