Missoula man dead after early morning...

Missoula man dead after early morning shooting

There are 62 comments on the Montana Standard story from Aug 3, 2007, titled Missoula man dead after early morning shooting. In it, Montana Standard reports that:

An 18-year-old Missoula man is charged with murder after allegedly using a stolen shotgun to kill a man in the parking lot of a bowling alley early Friday.

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THE DOT RAT

Gracewood, GA

#1 Aug 3, 2007
If Phillip Lyster had any kind of a weapon then theres room for a self-defense arguement.

but when was the last time a message killed anyone .
megan

Fort Morgan, CO

#2 Aug 4, 2007
I knew Phillip Lyster and he was a good man. What there are saying in the newspaper makes me angry. Phil died trying to keep other innocent people from getting shot.

That man brought the gun to west side lanes with the intent to shoot someone how can they call that self-denfense.
Mark

United States

#3 Aug 5, 2007
Dear Lord please welcome Phil into heaven and help all the families involved. Have mercy on the shoooter. amen
Erin

Laramie, WY

#4 Aug 5, 2007
Have mercy on the shooter? have MERCY? He killed an innocent man, whom i knew and loved. If there is such a thing as hell, the shooter, should rot there.
Mark wrote:
Dear Lord please welcome Phil into heaven and help all the families involved. Have mercy on the shoooter. amen

Since: Aug 07

helena mt + missoula mt

#5 Aug 5, 2007
I think the whole idea of self defense in this case is bull. I agree with Megan. That man, got the idea into his head that he was going to shoot someone. Unfortunately that person was Phil. I feel sorry for everyone who won't have the chance to be touched by him, like i have been. He will be missed terribly.

Oh.. and mark. I can't believe you ask for mercy on the shooter. He KILLED someone. He deserves to rot in hell.
Steve Peterson

Huntsville, AL

#6 Aug 6, 2007
Phil was one of my best friends of all time... I have been gone for a long time... over the last few days all I haven't been able to shake the thousands of memories we had... what a pussy that kid is... maybe if Phil looked like a threat... but come the hell on... any one person that knew Phil could attest that he was probably trying to help the little dip shit from ruining his life... Phil lived a lot in his 27 years... I will never forget him...

Steve Peterson
Bridger Nichols

Australia

#7 Aug 6, 2007
It has been many years, since I have seen or even hear from Phil. I lived with him for some time when our parents were together. I am, as of yet, still just dazed. The part that weighs the heaviest in my gut is that earlier this week, and by that I mean sometime around wednesday thursday or friday last week (I can't remeber which anymore) I had specifically thought to myself "I wonder how Phil is, I should google him, and try to get in touch." However just tonight I got a message on my machine from my sister, and google lead me here first. I will truely miss him and never forget the influence he had when on me growing up.

Words escape me beyound what I have said...
Erin B

Helena, MT

#8 Aug 7, 2007
I just wanted to let everyone know, Phil's funeral is set for 8/13/07 at 2 pm at Sunset Cemetary.. condolences and memories can be sent to [email protected]
Jennifer

Altamonte Springs, FL

#9 Aug 8, 2007
I was a friend of Phil's. I am now living in Florida with my husband Steven, whom was Philís best childhood friend. We are so incredibly sad to hear of such a tragic event happen in our home town, and knowing that it happened to someone so close to us is just an overwhelming feeling. There are no words to describe the grief that we, and several families and friends feel at this time. Phil was the most fun-loving, kind, respectful person. He was someone that all of our families loved and respected. He was an all around good person. It made my heart sink to read the negative comments that were reported. As someone that knew Phil very well, even being so far away from home now, I donít even have to ask what happened. I already know. Phil was a peacemaker. He loved everyone and had no enemies. He simply asked the kid to hand over the gun to prevent anyone from getting hurt. That is the person that Phil was. If anyone were to try and stop the kid from hurting others, it would have been Phil. Our friends witnessed the shooting that morning. Phil was to appear in their wedding the very next day. Unfortunately that did not happen. Please just know that Phillip Lyster was our friend, his momís only son, and a great fun-loving individual that would never threaten anyone or do anyone harm. He was a good person and he died much too soon. We love him and will miss him dearly every day.

Erin B

Helena, MT

#10 Aug 8, 2007
I need to apologize for my earlier comments on this story. I have not handled myself in a mature manner. I am sorry if my comments crosed a line with some but i loved Phil as much as the next person.
Bridger

AOL

#11 Aug 9, 2007
Erin B wrote:
I need to apologize for my earlier comments on this story. I have not handled myself in a mature manner. I am sorry if my comments crosed a line with some but i loved Phil as much as the next person.
If it matter to you, someone whom I don't think you know can completely understand. When I first heard about what happened, my comment made was "If I could just meet the kid, I would have had to share a cell with out him."

Phil Was the clostest thing to a big brother to me... and I hate myself for it that much more because of our lost contact.
Jennifer

Altamonte Springs, FL

#12 Aug 10, 2007
Saddness can quickly turn to rage when something happens that didnt have to. Thats normal. Its okay to be angry. I think we all feel that. The comments that I was referring to were the comments in the Missoulian. The defense attorney was trying to say how it was self defense and there were "threatening messages". We ALL know that is not the case at all, and it makes my heart really sad because Phil would have been the last one to instigate anything of that nature. He was such a friendly, light-hearted person. If anything, Phil should be referred to as a hero in my opinion. He SAVED all of those individuals inside the bowling alley from being in a horrible situation. Unfortunately, Phil lost his life as a result. But I have to believe that God placed him there for a reason. To help others. It is nice to hear others speak about their love for Phil. It makes is easier,(if that is even possible) to deal with the pain of having lost someone that we all love so much.
Bridger

AOL

#13 Aug 13, 2007
I quite agree, at first when I hear I caught myself wishing it didn't happend that way. Wishing Phil had just decided to stay home, or that he had decided to go somewhere else in that instance, but then I realized had he not been there it would have been someone else... And I can't request someone else die viewed in light of those who did. My father said "He must have done what he was needed to do," my responce was "God is not known to take those who haven't." I think Phil should, and judging by the comments, will be remeber as the hero that Jennifer suggests.
Luke

United States

#14 Aug 14, 2007
Phillip Lyster will be missed, but I am positive that a wonder person like himself is now in a better place.

When I heard about Phil being the victim of a shooting, I knew immediately that he had died while trying to diffuse the situation and protect others. He was well suited to be a hero.

I remember clearly the first time I had met Phil in highschool and visited his home, I witnessed him go out of his way to help a mentally challenged neighbor set up a tent in their yard. That's just the kind of person he was.

I wish that I had been less self-involved and spent more time with him; he was one of the most interesting people I have ever met.

From highschool to the work place, life around Phil was anything but boring.

God, please watch over my friend.
Joshua Thayer

Phoenix, AZ

#15 Aug 17, 2007
I Knew Chief calf. he was a good freind of mine but i did not Know he was like that.
I am sorry for the pain he has caused
kelly

Puyallup, WA

#16 Aug 25, 2007
I have read the comment's about phillip & its horrible this had to happen.I knew tommy chief threw his sister & he is not a bad kid,something had to happen between those to for them to fight & this to happen.
Erin B

Helena, MT

#17 Aug 27, 2007
kelly wrote:
I have read the comment's about phillip & its horrible this had to happen.I knew tommy chief threw his sister & he is not a bad kid,something had to happen between those to for them to fight & this to happen.
phil didn't even know him!!
Kathy

United States

#18 Aug 27, 2007
megan wrote:
I knew Phillip Lyster and he was a good man. What there are saying in the newspaper makes me angry. Phil died trying to keep other innocent people from getting shot.
That man brought the gun to west side lanes with the intent to shoot someone how can they call that self-denfense.
Were you there Megan? Did you see that man bring a gun? Do you know for a fact he intended to shoot someone? I dont think you know anything about it so how can you say if it was or wasnt self defense?
Kathy

United States

#19 Aug 27, 2007
Erin wrote:
Have mercy on the shooter? have MERCY? He killed an innocent man, whom i knew and loved. If there is such a thing as hell, the shooter, should rot there. <quoted text>
Erin it is you who should rot in hell. I know & love the person defending himself. Again I ask, were you there? I doubt it so may you rot in hell for judging someone you have no right to judge. Are you God? I think not. A tragedy happened & someone lost his life that is tragic but unless you were there & saw what happened with your own eyes & not going on what was in the media--Dont you dare to judge this boy...Yes I mean boy!
Kathy

United States

#20 Aug 27, 2007
Erin B wrote:
I think the whole idea of self defense in this case is bull. I agree with Megan. That man, got the idea into his head that he was going to shoot someone. Unfortunately that person was Phil. I feel sorry for everyone who won't have the chance to be touched by him, like i have been. He will be missed terribly.
Oh.. and mark. I can't believe you ask for mercy on the shooter. He KILLED someone. He deserves to rot in hell.
Erin B I say to you--YOU ROT IN HELL--You have no idea what this kid had in his head so dont you even presume to think you do! I you would have heard the messages this 27 yr old man & his 27 yr old friend left on this 18 yr old boys voicemail who didnt even know these guys you would know they had this boy scared...So before you condemn ANYONE to hell you better know what you are talking about you little shit.

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