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.


  • 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