Friends, family mourn man gunned down in Lakewood

Full story: Long Beach Press-Telegram

Shot dead but definitely not forgotten - Edgar Eastman's friends and relatives have made sure of that since his slaying on Friday.
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martha

Sun City, CA

#1 Jun 8, 2009
i think those killers should get the death or life in jail. god will punish them.
LongBeachLove

Long Beach, CA

#2 Jun 8, 2009
Another senseless killing for no apparent reason.
Big Joe

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Jun 8, 2009
This man was a true friend to all he met. He made sure he socialize with people of all colors, race and religious beliefs. I worked out with him at the gym for 12 years and I never seen an angry side of him. He will be truly missed. God rest his soul.
cycleman

Bellflower, CA

#4 Jun 8, 2009
Why not name the perps? Here's an idea, just drop them off at the China/North Korea border. They will receive swift justice.
gene mays

United States

#5 Jun 8, 2009
Kipp was a great man and father and a mentor not only to me but countless people. Kipp we love you and miss you. RIP.
Anon

Compton, CA

#7 Jun 9, 2009
"People don't have no regard for life these days," he said.

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His English teacher must be choking on her Cheerios right about now.
Anon

Compton, CA

#8 Jun 9, 2009
Johnson described his brother-in-law as as a longtime Baptist churchgoer and an avid sports fan whose only bad habit was smoking cigarettes.

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Well, not exactly.

See the Criminal Defendant Index at the Los Angeles Superior Court website. Edgar Kipp Eastman has an extensive criminal record going back 20 years, mostly drug offenses plus a conviction for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, i.e. wife beating.

Just two weeks ago on 5/26/09 he was "held to answer" on 9 counts of possession of marijuana/hashish for sale, possession of an assault weapon, and possession of a firearm by felon or addict.

That may offer some clues to his untimely demise.
Anon

Compton, CA

#9 Jun 9, 2009
Also see the Orange County Superior Court criminal case index, where Edgar Kipp Eastman pled guilty on 2/10/04 to possession of marijuana for sale, and sale and transport of marijuana.
Anon

Perris, CA

#10 Jun 9, 2009
NOW the truth is coming out.

Thank you for doing the job that the Press Telegram reporter should have done.
Anon wrote:
Johnson described his brother-in-law as as a longtime Baptist churchgoer and an avid sports fan whose only bad habit was smoking cigarettes.
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Well, not exactly.
See the Criminal Defendant Index at the Los Angeles Superior Court website. Edgar Kipp Eastman has an extensive criminal record going back 20 years, mostly drug offenses plus a conviction for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, i.e. wife beating.
Just two weeks ago on 5/26/09 he was "held to answer" on 9 counts of possession of marijuana/hashish for sale, possession of an assault weapon, and possession of a firearm by felon or addict.
That may offer some clues to his untimely demise.
Boo

Pasadena, CA

#14 Jun 9, 2009
The only thing worthwhile is the comments.

My wife told me about this shooting this morning. I came to the website knowing that it would be a milquetoast article giving no insight into the murder.

What 95% of the readers want to know is, "was this completely random, or was the guy involved in business which may have contributed to his demise?"

Of course, the useless PT article provided no information. Good guy, great dad, blah blah blah. Police have assailants, but no information.

The only thing worthwhile is the commenters.
Boo

Pasadena, CA

#15 Jun 9, 2009
"Johnson described his brother-in-law as as a longtime Baptist churchgoer and an avid sports fan whose only bad habit was smoking cigarettes. "

A quick review of the criminal log invalidates that quote.
lol

North Hollywood, CA

#16 Jun 9, 2009
Big Joe wrote:
This man was a true friend to all he met. He made sure he socialize with people of all colors, race and religious beliefs. I worked out with him at the gym for 12 years and I never seen an angry side of him. He will be truly missed. God rest his soul.
Talk to his ex-wife he used to beat the holy crap out of. She'll give you a better overview of your "true friend."
sade

Lynwood, CA

#17 Jun 9, 2009
Anon wrote:
Johnson described his brother-in-law as as a longtime Baptist churchgoer and an avid sports fan whose only bad habit was smoking cigarettes.
***
Well, not exactly.
See the Criminal Defendant Index at the Los Angeles Superior Court website. Edgar Kipp Eastman has an extensive criminal record going back 20 years, mostly drug offenses plus a conviction for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, i.e. wife beating.
Just two weeks ago on 5/26/09 he was "held to answer" on 9 counts of possession of marijuana/hashish for sale, possession of an assault weapon, and possession of a firearm by felon or addict.
That may offer some clues to his untimely demise.
I personally know him and maybe his life hasn't always been on the straight and narrow. But we all have fallen short of the glory of GOD, but who are we to judge. Does this mean that his life should be taken! I think not... he that is with out sin cast the first stone! He was a brother, father and a Good friend to many! As far as a church goer he was... what about you!
give it up

North Hollywood, CA

#18 Jun 9, 2009
sade wrote:
<quoted text>I personally know him and maybe his life hasn't always been on the straight and narrow. But we all have fallen short of the glory of GOD, but who are we to judge. Does this mean that his life should be taken! I think not... he that is with out sin cast the first stone! He was a brother, father and a Good friend to many! As far as a church goer he was... what about you!
Nobody implied he deserved to die. We just don't care. You should have given your "glory of GOD" rap to the judge who heard his plea drugs and wife beating charges, and see where that got you.
So funny to hear people who weren't victimized by some criminal talk about not judging when their ox isn't the one being punched in the face.
Deborah

Waltham, MA

#19 Jun 9, 2009
Edgar wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But he was a friend to me and a supporter of Compton High's alumni events since his appearance at the Class of '73 30-Year reunion. Kip will certainly be missed. We loved him unconditionally!
gene

United States

#20 Jun 9, 2009
Anon wrote:
Johnson described his brother-in-law as as a longtime Baptist churchgoer and an avid sports fan whose only bad habit was smoking cigarettes.
***
Well, not exactly.
See the Criminal Defendant Index at the Los Angeles Superior Court website. Edgar Kipp Eastman has an extensive criminal record going back 20 years, mostly drug offenses plus a conviction for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, i.e. wife beating.
Just two weeks ago on 5/26/09 he was "held to answer" on 9 counts of possession of marijuana/hashish for sale, possession of an assault weapon, and possession of a firearm by felon or addict.
That may offer some clues to his untimely demise.
Even in the cases of death some people are not satisfied. If one constantly looks for darkness they will never get a chance to see the light. I can tell from the comments that there is a big need for compassion in the world. A human life is like a book, if you only read a couple pages you can talk about what you read but there is so much more to the story. My advice is read the whole book not just a couple of pages. A man, a father, and a friend was murdered. All that knew can rest asure he is with his savior Jesus Christ. Unlike us God has read the whole book of all our lives. RIP EDGER "KIPP" EASTMAN
sorry

Huntington Beach, CA

#21 Jun 9, 2009
Deborah wrote:
Edgar wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But he was a friend to me and a supporter of Compton High's alumni events since his appearance at the Class of '73 30-Year reunion. Kip will certainly be missed. We loved him unconditionally!
Unconditionally as long as you weren't the one getting your head beat in, or your kids weren't coming home with a bag of marijuana purchased from him. You should stop and consider changing your world view. It's very old school neggroid.
Consider not having any convicted felons in your circle of friends. That might be a good start for you.
Deborah

La Mirada, CA

#22 Jun 9, 2009
sorry wrote:
<quoted text>
Unconditionally as long as you weren't the one getting your head beat in, or your kids weren't coming home with a bag of marijuana purchased from him. You should stop and consider changing your world view. It's very old school neggroid.
Consider not having any convicted felons in your circle of friends. That might be a good start for you.
Not having you not as a friend is a start! I have been a crime victim -- so have my other family members and friends. Just because a person is considered a friend doesn't mean that you have to hang out with him or her. I didn't hang out with Kipp, nor do I socialize with persons involved in those kinds of activities; however, I still consider him a friend. Like one of the posters said above, consider the whole person. I've known him since high school -- I remember the person he was back then, and when I did run into him every now and then these past 6 years, he was very respectful and gracious to me and those around us.
abc

Irvine, CA

#24 Jun 9, 2009
R.I.P. Kipp
names dont matter

Maywood, CA

#25 Jun 9, 2009
Anon wrote:
Johnson described his brother-in-law as as a longtime Baptist churchgoer and an avid sports fan whose only bad habit was smoking cigarettes.
***
Well, not exactly.
See the Criminal Defendant Index at the Los Angeles Superior Court website. Edgar Kipp Eastman has an extensive criminal record going back 20 years, mostly drug offenses plus a conviction for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, i.e. wife beating.
Just two weeks ago on 5/26/09 he was "held to answer" on 9 counts of possession of marijuana/hashish for sale, possession of an assault weapon, and possession of a firearm by felon or addict.
That may offer some clues to his untimely demise.
Sweetheart, dont speak on the the behalf of people you dont know. Nobody's criticizing your past and trying to give reasons for your untimely passing. So if you have nothing to say kind about this man then just keep it to yourself. Don't judge someone off of what the next person says or their relationship with another because that's not what they displayed to you. This man did more for this whole county then you could ever dream. RIP BigShot I miss you...

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