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32-year old woman killed, multiple teens and a child shot on Easter Sunday at Patton Park

Updated: Apr. 5, 2021 at 12:49 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A shooting in a crowded park on Easter Sunday killed a 32-year-old woman and injured 5 others.

The victims ages range from 32 years old to 5 years old.

The shooting broke out shortly before 7 p.m. in the 3900 block of 14th Avenue North and Sipsey Street at Patton Park, as hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the Easter holiday.

Birmingham Police said Areyelle Yarbrough of Bessemer was found shot to death lying on the ground just outside the passenger door of her car.

Areyelle Yarbrough
Areyelle Yarbrough(Michael Yarbrough/Father)

A 21-year-old, a 17-year-old, a 16-year-old, a 15-year-old and a 5-year-old were also shot. The victims were transported to an area hospital, their condition is listed as stable.

The 5-year-old boy, Justice, woke up on his own Tuesday morning and was taken off the ventilator. His mother says he is walking and talking on his own and doing physical therapy.

Justice’s mom said he continues to recover at home, and he is moving and walking around. “He’s doing great, he’s in great spirits and happy to be home with his brothers and sisters.”

Justice is recovering at home
Justice is recovering at home(Family submitted)

Justice’s mom says she is so thankful for everyone in the community for their support.

5-year-old Justice is now off the ventilator after a shooting Easter Sunday.
5-year-old Justice is now off the ventilator after a shooting Easter Sunday.(Family)
Justice, 5.
Justice, 5.(Source: Family)

Mom, Tenethia Davis, said her 15-year-old daughter, Lakiyah Luckey, was shot in the hand and leg Sunday night. Lakiyah had surgery for her injuries and is now back home.

Lakiyah Luckey is back home after surgery
Lakiyah Luckey is back home after surgery(Tenethia Davis)

According to police, a preliminary investigation suggests an altercation among two groups of males led to the shooting.

Evidence collected indicates over 30 rounds were fired. Detectives have obtained witness accounts; however additional witnesses are encouraged to come forward.

No suspects are in custody at this time.

Officers believe multiple shooters were involved.

Comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley, a Birmingham native, is offering a $5,000 reward to help solve the case. Smiley said Yarbrough is the daughter of Pastor Yarbrough and a young woman he watched grow up.

Smiley said Yarbrough was killed trying to protect children at the park.

Smiley said, “We need these people off the streets and we need the support behind the Birmingham Police Department.”

Birmingham Urban League offered an additional $5,000.

Wednesday morning, Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson said the commission is offering $8,500.

The reward total is now up to $18,500 for information in the case.

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