Areyelle Yarbrough

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Areyelle Meishaun Yarbrough (born March 12, 1989 in Fairfield; died April 4, 2021 in Birmingham) was the daughter of Sonya and Michael Yarbrough, pastor of Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Yarbrough graduated from Fairfield High Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting at Alabama A&M University in 2013. She was employed by Revenue Discovery Systems as a business license specialist and moved from there to the Jefferson County Department of Revenue as manager of principal accounting.

Yarbrough died in April 2021 from a gunshot wound to the head, which she suffered after a fight broke out during an Easter Sunday gathering at W. C. Patton Park in North Avondale. Five others were wounded in the incident. No arrests have been made. The Federal Bureau of Investivation and the Birmingham Police Department have announced a $30,000 reward for information in the case.


  • Robinson, Carol (April 5, 2021) "Rickey Smiley offers reward in Birmingham park shooting that killed woman, injured 5: ‘I’m really angry’." The Birmingham News
  • Robinson, Carol (April 6, 2021) "Pastor prepares eulogy for daughter killed in Birmingham park shooting: ‘She was loved and cherished’." The Birmingham News
  • Robinson, Carol (April 10, 2023) "$30,000 reward offered 2 years after Easter shooting at Birmingham park killed 1, injured 5."