Birmingham man arrested in deadly 2021 Easter shooting that killed 1, injured 5

Published: Sep. 7, 2023 at 11:39 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2023 at 1:55 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - An arrest has been made in a cold case homicide investigation that occurred in Birmingham’s W. C. Patton Park on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Several members of the Birmingham Police Department, federal, and state partners held a news conference held Thursday announcing the arrest of 22-year-old Jalynd Rashad Rayford for the murder of 32-year-old Areyelle Yarbrough of Bessemer. The shooting also left five others injured from ages 5- to 32-years-old.

Jaylnd Rayford, 22.
Jaylnd Rayford, 22.(Source: Gwinnett County Jail)

Rayford was taken into custody in Snellville, Georgia around 5:15 a.m. Thursday.

He was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail with no bond. Rayford will remain there pending his extradition to Alabama.

The father of Yarbrough, Pastor Michael S. Yarbrough, gave WBRC the following statement:

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