BIRMINGHAM, AL (CNN/WVTM) – An Alabama community is in shock after a spat between teens online ends in a deadly shooting in a park. Police say a 14-year-old girl is dead and two other people are wounded.
A fight between several girls quickly turned deadly in this park. Detectives say it all started three weeks ago after the girls had a disagreement on facebook. They then agreed to meet up in the Washington Avenue Park on Friday night and fight. Police say 14-year-old Kierra’Onna rice was shot and killed by the boyfriend of one of the other girls.
Diamond Davis told WVTM, “She was a good person. She, she never had any trouble. She was never in anything. She was a good person. She liked to help people.”
Two other people were treated for gunshot wounds at u-a-b hospital.Investigators tell us both are expected to recover. Meantime, a 17-year-old male and a 19-year-old male are in police custody and facing charges in connection to the shooting.
Herman Henderson told WVTM, “We going to reach these daddies, we going to reach these mothers, and we’re going to tell them this is senseless. Where are they getting the guns from? Where are they learning to be so violent at a young age? What happened to the curfew that was put in place?”
Youth violence is a concern that reaches beyond Birmingham. Bessemer city councilor David Vance has also made it his mission to keep young people from hurting each other.
David Vance told WVTM, “And the way we can do this is we all just need to sit down and come up with a game plan. And stop marching and just come up with some ideas to get these kids to think about their actions.”
Davis has a suggestion when it comes to settling a feud.
Diamond told WVTM, “Just apologize to others and just stop the hood-beef. And just stop fighting, and everybody can get along.”
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