Rapid City homicide victim was planning to reunite with birth mom before he was killed | Crime & Courts


“We as a family were trying to reunite because all of us kids were adopted out,” Fast Wolf said. “We already knew our mom was on a limited time.”

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“Lance, he was a very humble, kind, sweet gentleman,” she said. “To me he was the best big brother that any only daughter could ask for. Now that he’s gone, I don’t have that any more. I really struggle. I struggle every day because my mom and my brother are gone now,” Fast Wolf said over the phone through tears.

She said Baumgarten, whose birth father was Veryl Janis Sr., worked at a construction company and sold beadwork as a side gig. He made beaded medallions, dream catchers and earrings highlighting the cause of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Baumgarten and another brother were adopted by their foster parents, Jean and Dan Baumgarten of Lemmon, Fast Wolf said.

Jean and her daughter, Dani Walker, said during a court hearing last month that Baumgarten loved to skateboard and was a loving father.

Barry Allman, a 30-year-old from Box Elder, is accused of murdering Baumgarten. By the time of the stabbing, Allman was also a suspect in an earlier homicide and had a federal arrest warrant for allegedly abusing his girlfriend and shooting at her sister, federal court records say.

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