Tuscaloosa Police identify murder victim, make 2 arrests in weekend shooting

Brenygha “Bre” Tatyana Mashaye Edwards, 22
Brenygha “Bre” Tatyana Mashaye Edwards, 22(Tuscaloosa Police Department)
Published: Jun. 12, 2021 at 6:15 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2021 at 9:06 AM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit is investigating two shootings, according to Capt. Marty Sellers.

Tuscaloosa Police said they received multiple calls regarding a shooting in the 3200 block of Willow Lane at 12:14 a.m. Saturday in Tuscaloosa, where a 19-year-old man was shot and killed.

Police have identified the victim as Versaun Leonard.

Late Saturday night, investigators said they arrested Brenygha “Bre” Tatyana Mashaye Edwards, 22, for capital murder in relation to the Willow Lane shooting. Tuesday investigators said Edwards’ charge had been changed to Felony Murder.

Justin Demond Jenkins
Justin Demond Jenkins(Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators said Justin Demond Jenkins, 21, of Linden, was arrested in the Willow Lane murder. Jenkins is charged with Capital Murder.

Police said another shooting happened at Branscomb Apartments in Tuscaloosa County Friday night. Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said they received calls about a shooting at Branscomb Apartments at 11:30 p.m. One female, 18, and two males, both 21, were shot.

The female is in critical condition. One male required surgery and the other male has non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

Police said they are still speaking with persons of interest and they expect additional arrests to be made.

It is unclear if the cases are connected.

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