Union, Missouri – A White man was shot dead in the street last Sunday. For the crime, Police arrested a Black suspect who had just fled the scene of a rowdy “disturbance” inside a nearby Arby’s fast-food restaurant.
According to a press release by Union Police Chief, Andrew Parker, White 49-year-old Ronnie Wayne Sanford II was mercilessly shot and killed in front of a row of businesses on the night of July 30th. The shooter, who police believe to be 40-year-old Antoine B. Frazer, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Frazer—who is Black—is now being held in the Franklin County Detention Center on a no-bond warrant, awaiting trial.
Before the murder unfolded, Union Police asserted that Frazer had just been involved in a “disturbance” at a nearby Arby’s fast-food restaurant. According to the chain’s manager, a group of “around six people” engaged in a raucous verbal argument in the dining area. Once the incident escalated, the group took matters outside.
Police were called to the scene shortly after to disperse the crowd. While the individuals—including Frazer—had all fled the scene, some came back to cooperate with investigating officers. As officers took information from these witnesses, a woman—believed to be Frazer’s wife—said she had just received a phone call from her husband who confessed he had “just shot another man.”
Police responded to a row of businesses just up the highway where they found Sanford suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead.
Sanford was a Union native who worked diligently as a hardwood floor specialist, according to his Facebook page. He was a father of two children and loved baseball, fishing, movies, and the automotive industry. A GoFundMe has been set up on behalf of his family to cover the cost of a funeral.
“Last night she (Sanford’s sister) got an unexpected visit. A police officer knocked on her door and told her(sic) brother has been murdered,” read the GoFundMe page. “Her last brother…Yolanda is left with how she’s going to lay Ronnie to rest.”
The town of Union, Missouri is a small, yet, racially intact White stronghold situated at the eastern edge of the “Show Me” state. Established by early German settlers and affectionately named after the ideal of political unity, Union has retained its German-style architecture and culture, and was birthed in an area of the U.S. referred to as the “Missouri Rhineland.” Many of its residents still possess German surnames, and by 1925, was the center of U.S corn-cob pipe production, one of the largest in the world.
Despite its deep Germanic heritage, Union—and Franklin County as a whole—has quickly become a nest of anti-White political ideology. In 2020, more than 100 mostly White people took to the streets in protest of the death of Black career criminal, George Floyd. In 2022, Union erected a historical marker to honor Erastus “Ras” Brown, a Black man lynched in 1897 by concerned White citizens for his role in the violent rape of Annie Foerving—a 21-year-old White woman. The marker was unveiled to the tune of “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday, honoring a race of people who have made horrific attacks against innocent Whites the town’s greatest legacy.
According to a community profile report hosted on the town’s website, as of 2024 estimates, 94.1% of the population is projected to be “White Alone.” In 2019, that number was 94.9%, and in 2010, it was 95.7%, barely moving despite a steady trickle of Black and mixed-race populations edging in from nearby St. Louis. Despite the racial homogeneity, however, Black violence still found a way to claim the life of Ronnie Wayne Sanford, a man who, for all intents and purposes, was just trying to live in a small town.
Acts of non-White violence occurring inside small, predominantly White towns have become commonplace in a rapidly declining America, erupting at a time when Whites are leaving urban centers in favor of “safer” rural areas. In January, a newlywed White woman from sleepy Upper Sandusky, Ohio, was brutally hacked to death with a machete inside a Dollar General store. For the crime, police arrested a Black Ethiopian man who had lived in a newly built “low-income” housing tract. In May, a White man in Keene, Texas—a town of approximately 6,000—was shot to death with an assault rifle in the parking lot of a Sonic Drive-In. For that murder, Police arrested two mestizo men who were “causing a disturbance” on restaurant grounds.
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