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Published December 22, 2009

No charges will be filed in fatal shooting chat

By Dave Roepke, INFORUM

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JoJo S.
Fargo, ND     12/22/2009 11:04 AM

JF. I agree with you completely !!!

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Jeremy H.
12/22/2009 10:50 AM

Arlene T. hello my name is Jeremy I live in the real world if you would like to join me and everone else then come on in. Until then I hope fantasy land is good to you. Hear is an idea why don't you post your address on hear and someone can break into your place and you can practice this fighting scenario you have worked out in your head. Good luck. You know what they say dumb people say dumb things.

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Howard L.
12/22/2009 10:10 AM

There was an excellent post by a native American woman stating that this type of incident will probably happen as a result of 'parents' who have no idea what they are doing. Youth who decide to take on gang and other hate-filled activities need to accept the consequences of their actions. The majority of responses concerning this incident are rightfully from outraged men and women who are tired of being victims of 'punks' who refuse to accept what happens to them even though they bully and push others around. Parents, take some responsibility, get your kids to church and other positive activities EARLY on in life. At some point, these youth will no longer be able to be molded positively.

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Rhonda R.
Minneapolis, MN     12/22/2009 10:05 AM

I have read about ten comments, which is 10 more than I would normally read. I don't read them because most comments are made out of ignorance. "You" dont know if the man that shot him didn't shoot to kill. "You" don't know that Joel didn't have a loving family that was concerned about him when he didn't come home at his curfew time. "You" can't say that it was a 'choice' Joel made to enter this man's home and struggle with him for the gun. His blood alcohol level was so high that Joel had no idea what he was doing. Joel LaFromboise was my nephew. Out of respect please remember, when writing your comments, he has a family who is grieving over this tragic loss of our dear loved one. We think about his last moments and the way he died on a daily basis. We turn to each other and the memories he left us with for comfort. We will find peace in knowing that even though the man who shot him will not face any charges in this life, his time will come when he will have to stand before his creator and be judged and answer for the things he has done in his life, just as we all will. RIP nephew, we will see you again, on the other side. Let Joel RIP!!

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C L.
Hawley, MN     12/22/2009 9:52 AM

I am Native American and I'm sorry, I figured race would become an issue in this story. This is not race motivated; I firmly believe if someone (white, black, red, yellow, green, purple) intrudes another's home that person has every right to protect themself. Lets grow up and quit trying to make excuses for the poor minority and instead teach our kids right from wrong and the consequenses of poor choices!! I have 2 children and believe me, they know what proper behavior is and is not. They respect me, rules, and, above all else, authority. They know they are responsible for their actions and they've never learned to use their race as a crutch or excuse. If the authorities are so against Natives then why did a Native American just get an award for saving a life? Wouldn't she and her herioc act have been overlooked cuz she was "just a Native"? Come on! You don't want to spend time teaching your kids something good and right then don't jump in and get ticked at other people when they seriously screw up! I think we Native Americans are a special and beautiful group of people that have much to offer but yet when many of you want to seclude yourself against the rest of the population and constantly segregrate yourself because of your origin - you are doing no special favors for the rest of us that want to break the "mold", do good things in life, and be proud of our heritage. We are almost into the year 2010 and it's sad that the "race card" still has to be pulled!

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denise l.
Watertown, SD     12/22/2009 9:42 AM

This case is so tragic for both families. I can identify with the parents of the young man, their grief is likely overwhelming. I also identify with the home owner. Just last week a neighbor would not leave our property when we asked him to after he made inappropriate comments and was obviously drunk/high. Our home is in a rural setting and it took over 1/2 hour for law enforcement to arrive on the scene. I am glad that we could go out to do chores and he followed us out of the house so we could lock the door. My husband's experience in military law enforcment kept us both calm, obviously, not everyone is so lucky. I doubt that in his condition (the neighbor) he would have understood a gun to be a threat.

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Evy N.
Hendrum, MN     12/22/2009 9:33 AM

People who have lived long are known to say they feel most sorry for others who have made a mistake.The father will need to forgive himself for not raising his son in a way which would have provided him with the skills to live his life safely.Most of us who are parents have made mistakes while raising our children.The death of a child must be a heavy burden to bear in any circumstance.I have not walked in the shoes of this father but do feel sorrow for him as he celebrates the first Christmas without his son.

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Kris K.
12/22/2009 9:28 AM

Arlene-you sure seem to have all the answer on what "should" have happened. Unfortunately that doesn't matter anymore. The Situation is over and Joel is dead because of his own actions. He picked the wrong apartment to enter this time and it didn't work out.

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TKay M.
Moorhead, MN     12/22/2009 9:16 AM

Seriously, an incoherent INTRUDER enters my home and does not leave when a gun is pointed at him but rather grabs the barrel of my gun is going to get shot! Don't care what color you are or what clothes you are wearing. Sad, that the victim has to live with this. The family of the intruder needs to take a very serious look in the mirror rather than blame the victim who was defending his home or blame the justice system or..... It was their son's choices and actions that resulted in this tragedy! Take this tragedy and rather than blame, blame, blame turn that energy into leaving a some type of positive legacy for their son.

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mike g.
12/22/2009 9:16 AM

This tragic story is a good lesson for everyone about personal responsibility. Hopefully tenants in that area will keep their doors locked and firearms properly stored. And parents will stop their 17 year olds from dressing like rappers and spending their day drinking. Kudos to Moorhead officials for handling this in a professional manner.

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