Randy Bender, murder victim, on Facebook: "None ya haters can bring me down" (4)

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Randy Bender in a photo from his Facebook page. Additional images, a video and more below.
Update: Randy Bender's last Facebook profile photo features him posing alongside a gravestone. Now, however, Bender himself is dead, the victim of a shooting at an extended stay motel about which we reported last week; see our previous coverage below.

Police don't believe Bender was a victim of a random crime -- and as you'll see, his Facebook page is filled with posts about people with whom he's had beefs.

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Images courtesy of CBS4.
At about 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, as we've reported, cops with the Lakewood Police Department were dispatched to the Crossland Economy Suites, at 715 Kipling Street, on a report of shots fired.

Upon their arrival, officers discovered a dead man inside room 314. He'd suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

The LPD has now identified the victim as Bender, 34, seen in this driver's license photo.

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Randy Bender.
According to the department, detectives "do not believe the shooting was a random act. They feel that Bender and the suspect(s) were acquaintances."

Bender, whose Facebook page lists him as having attended Robert E. Lee High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, shared plenty of aggressive posts over the past few months of his life. Here's one from April, tagged with a winking emoticon and the phrase "feeling ready:"

Play your games while your life goes down the drain cause you put that shit in your veins. Cripple ass nigga don't scAre me none your threats are about lame as your strong hand son . Pay me a visit if you must but believe me bitches I have had enough I won't think twice I won't blink once as I squeeze the trigger easily and watch your burnt brain bust.
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In the days and weeks that followed, Bender followed up with three posts on a similar theme:
None ya haters can bring me down try hard and fail every time I promise you that!!!! You may throw a wrench in my shit but I always bounce back and up higher than I started! Get it!!!

My friends are either loyal and good damn people or they are 2 faced only around when there's something in it for them. There's no inbetween....

I will get my shit taken care of cpl people out there I got to make shit right with well one really my nigga knows I got him just a hefty ticket and shits been rough but remember I have been down before I always bounce back and better then before so on that note it's time to get it in. And if u owe me best bet collection time is due you can pay and make it easy or we'll you know how it goes.

His last post, from May 6, was moderately more hopeful but can also be read with sad irony:
Lol it's been different today for sure but not my loss feelings a littke hurt but I will keep on keeping on with or with out any you part timers. I know who my true friends are.
If you have any information about this case, you're encouraged to phone the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111. In the meantime, our condolences to Bender's friends, family and loved ones.

Continue for our previous coverage of the homicide at the Crossland Economy Suites in Lakewood, including photos, a video and an interactive graphic.


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divinesparkg
divinesparkg

Randy Bender was my brother and it really disappoints me to see so much HATE spewed on this page about him. Especially from strangers that did not even know him as a person. He had a generous and helpful heart, that was just a troubled Soul at times as we all can be. I hope some of the readers out there can be respectful of his mother and family members who are reading this and take their feelings into consideration, before opening your mouth in a negative fashion. Something like this could happen to anyone. Please have respect and compassion for people that were close to him. Thank You in advance.

Gabriella

dverygrateful
dverygrateful

Now my family can rest easier. Randy was a piece of crap drug dealer, We live in the hotel he was a loud mouth jerk  started fights with many. 

no lost to society in any way what so ever.

Clint Jahn
Clint Jahn

"Play stupid games, win stupid prizes." Sounds like Bender thought he was all like gangsta and shit.

xyzabc
xyzabc

Jesus, I LOVE FACEBOOK!! Keep it comin'......

Cassie Cox
Cassie Cox

♡ it definitely sucks but he's in a better place and he's back with his best friend now. Theres comfort in knowing that

Yvonne Bouters
Yvonne Bouters

My heart goes out to this family and friends Cassie Cox. Sometimes people say stupid things when they don't know the person. Keep your memories close and his spirit closer.

Cassie Cox
Cassie Cox

For all of you on here running your mouths you dont know anything about randy and if it was your family you would be hurting just like all of us are, his friends and family so have some damn respect. Randy was a good person and a damn good friend, he was always there when u needed him even if he did stray down the wrong path. His mom is grieving enough and your rude comments are unnecessary. Rip randy, we'll miss you buddy and its comforting to know that you are up there with Tyler again. ♡

Skye Cameron
Skye Cameron

There are some sick comments on this thread. I didn't know the man and I don't know his story but some of you people need to really check your humanity meter. He has family and friends who do care and love him who are grieving. I'll never understand ding-a-lings who get on a post and talk crap out their butts when if it was someone in their family they would be as devastated as I'm sure this man's family is. And the speculating on what he was involved in? Speculation at this point. Rude and uncalled for. Have some friction' respect people. Treat others as you would wish to be treated….AT LEAST on posts like this resist the urge to be a dick.

Manda Babcock
Manda Babcock

obviously involved in meth. (Put that sh*t in your veins?) "You better pay me what you owe." Its sad, you can't have anything to do with anyone who does drugs or this is exactly what COULD and MIGHT happen to YOU! Even if its family, they might bot hurt you but the people they run with will if you have something they want.

Brian Tate
Brian Tate

oh we lost a good one. what the article leaves out is that Randy was finishing his doctoral thesis on "Mesopotamia - Past, Present, and Hopeful Future" when he was brought down by a stray, double-two-faced Hater.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

I thought the radical gun freaks were saying guns kept people safe.

Ryan Kwak
Ryan Kwak

Awesome. Lakehood sure is turning into a shit hole!!!!!

Raymond Stephens
Raymond Stephens

I looked it up that night...forgot to tell you..that's crazy what if he ran into hooters and just started poping em off...crazy

Brent Miller
Brent Miller

That one rough hotel, there is a lot of shaded things going on there.

Trevor Joy
Trevor Joy

Close to home. Hope they find him soon.

dverygrateful
dverygrateful

only place that boy is is hell, one reaps what he sows.

dverygrateful
dverygrateful

He was a piece of garbage we had to put up with his drug dealing hateful fighting while he was here. No use to society in any way. Those were his choices. You can defend him but there is no reason his action spoke for him..

dverygrateful
dverygrateful

he caused to much drama at the hotel.  Bummer huh

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Wipe, I think you meant "frickin' respect and not friction.  Notwithstanding that little mind fart, I think I agree with you.

And I'm one of the most sarcastic smart asses on the board.   

dverygrateful
dverygrateful

him and his buddies were selling alot dope here.

dverygrateful
dverygrateful

i lived here for 2 years only one more week, just closed on my house. this place sucks

deadalready
deadalready

@fishingblues ah pedancy, doesn't it feel so good to correct someone?  you just feel so so right its way cooler than having a life or getting laid for sure huh?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@deadalready 


"pedancy"???  Fucking moron.  Perhaps you should change your name to 'braindeadalready'.


As to wipe, I don't think he/she/it would mind my comment.  

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