List of Birmingham homicides in 2021

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This is a List of Birmingham homicides in 2021. It includes homicide cases occurring within the city limits during the calendar year. Note that a "homicide" refers to the cause of death as determined by a medical examiner, not to the commission of the crime of murder as charged by police and prosecutors.

101 homicides have been reported in the city as of October 20, putting the city on pace for 126 for the year. Based on the 2020 census count of 200,733 population, that represents a homicide rate of 62.8 homicides per 100,000 residents. Birmingham had 125 homicides in 2020. The recent record low of 63 homicides was set in 2014, and the recent record high was 141 in 1992. At this point last year, 97 homicides had been reported.

The city has averaged 10.5 homicides per month, or one every 2.9 days. There were 7 fatal incidents of violence in January, 8 in February, 7 in March, 14 in April, 14 in May, 14 in June, 8 in July, 12 in August, 12 in September and 5 so far in October. The longest stretch without a homicide was the 12-day span between January 20 and February 1. 20 deaths were reported on Sundays, 12 on Mondays, 10 on Tuesdays, 12 on Wednesdays, 14 on Thursdays, 8 on Fridays, and 25 on Saturdays.

Four homicides were police-involved shootings. Eleven of the other reported homicides were ruled justifiable as self-defense by investigators or prosecutors, and three resulted from reckless driving. The police department therefore acknowledges 83 chargeable homicides. Suspects have been identified in 46 cases, arrested in 41 and charged in 31. One suspect in two homicides was shot to death by police. One other death that resulted from a shooting in Pinson is also being investigated by Birmingham police.

87 deaths so far have resulted from shootings, 3 from reckless driving, 2 from blunt-force trauma, 2 from stabbing, and 7 from unannounced causes. 27 incidents occurred at private homes, 13 at apartment complexes, 2 at motels, 2 at parks, 20 at businesses, and 35 on the streets. 39 were reported in the West Precinct, 41 in the East Precinct, 6 in the South Precinct and 15 in the North Precinct.

Nine homicides took place in apparent self defense, 8 are believed to have been domestic disputes, 18 followed verbal arguments, 1 took place during an attempted theft, 3 resulted from reckless driving, and at least 33 appeared to be targeted killings. The motive is unknown in 29 deaths.

89 victims were male and 12 were female. Two were small children.

Listing by date

  1. January 1: Carl Joseph Miserendino III, 35, was found dead on the side of a house on the 4000 block of 40th Avenue North in Inglenook. Isaiah Williams White was charged with capital murder. He was captured in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in January. Miserendino's car was also recovered in Florida. (report)
  2. January 2: Chong Ku Hwang, 56, known to be a transient, was found dead in the southern part of Linn Park in Central City. No arrest. (report)
  3. January 3: Brian Keith Fleming, 52, was found shot to death on a walk near the apartment building at 2108 Warrior Road in Ensley Highlands. A 17-year-old suspect was charged with murder. (report)
  4. January 11: LaCorey Lashard McDonald, 31, died at St Vincent's East from wounds suffered in an assault in Zion City. No arrest. (report)
  5. January 17: Timothy Hall, 39, was found dead from gunshot wounds in a car abandoned behind the Shell gas station at 3833 East Lake Boulevard in Inglenook. The shooting occurred earlier on the 200 block of 62nd Street South in South Woodlawn. Lawrence Earl Eaton turned himself in to police. (report)
  6. January 18: Kenneth Buford, 47, was shot to death while driving on the 1400 block of Bankhead Highway in Thomas. The suspects were reported to have fired from a pickup truck. No arrest. (report)
  7. January 20: Eusi Malik Kater Jr, 21, died from gunshot wounds suffered during a shootout with police on the 600 block of Center Place Southwest in South Titusville. The incident was reviewed by the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office determined it to have been justified. (report)
  8. February 1: Eula Mae Moore, 75, and Derrick Cornell Moore, 54, were found shot to death in the elder Moore's home at 1481 Edwards Street in Dolomite. One of the victims is presumed a victim of homicide, while the other has not been classified by investigators. No arrest. (report)
  9. February 4: Edward Dee Stewart III, 33, was shot to death at the Anchor Motel at 8420 1st Avenue North in North East Lake. James Harrison was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  10. February 4: Major Turner, 2, died at Children's Hospital from a gunshot wound suffered at his home in the Kimbrough Homes public housing community on the 2900 block of John Bryan Road in Wenonah. His mother was also wounded by gunshots, which came from outside the apartment. No arrest. (report)
  11. February 6: Carlos Mines, 26, was shot to death while in a car near Birmingham Fire Station No. 18 at 200 Dugan Avenue in North Pratt. A person of interest was taken into custody at the scene for questioning. No arrest. (report)
  12. February 7: Ladarius Bloxom, 30, was shot to death during a robbery at the Valley Brook Apartments on the 2900 block of Gallant Drive in Apple Valley. Ladarius Hayes was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  13. February 17: Ogle Terrance Avery, 40, was found shot to death following an altercation at the Shell gas station at 800 3rd Avenue West in Bush Hills. Quarmica Lashun Colley was arrested and charged with murder. Another individual is likely to also be charged. (report)
  14. February 20: LaTeshia Danner, 33, died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered in the parking lot of Eastmont Villa apartments at 7521–7529 2nd Avenue North in Wahouma. Her boyfriend, Leonard Charles Tolbert, was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  15. February 25: Detraio Deshawn Whorton, 27, was shot to death while in a car in the parking lot of Zing's Custom Car Wash at 8610 1st Avenue North in North East Lake. Investigators determined that he initiated an altercation with an acquaintance, and that the shooting was justified. (report)
  16. March 4: Terrance Jerome Hardy, 39, was found dead from a gunshot wound in a burning apartment on the 100 block of Wood Station Place in South Woodlawn. Iesa Collins was arrested indicted for murder, abuse of a corpse and arson. Jatavius Jamar Foster was indicted for corpse abuse and arson. (report)
  17. March 12: Robert Henry Goodgame, 41, was found shot to death in an apartment at 962 53rd Street North in Woodlawn. No arrest. (report)
  18. March 13: Levert Mickens, 63, was found shot to death after an altercation at the porch of a boarding house in the 500 block of St Charles Avenue Southwest in Arlington-West End. One person was detained for questioning, but no charges have been announced. (report)
  19. March 19: Lazonathan Rhodes, 25, died at UAB Hospital from a gunshot suffered during an altercation outside the City Gear and Hibbett Sports stores at Roebuck Plaza. Another person was injured. Ja'Marcus Jordan was arrested in April and charged with murder. Additional charges are expected related to guns and narcotics found at his home. (report)
  20. March 21: Brandy Lee Moore Ballard, 52, was killed when her Ford Focus was struck head-on by a Chevrolet Camaro on the the 800 block of Arkadelphia Road on the Bush Hills / College Hills border. Investigators believe that Carmesia Flannigan, the driver of the Camaro, who left the scene, was engaged in a street race at the time of the collision. She was arrested and charged with murder, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. She was released on bond, but her bond from earlier cases was subsequently revoked, and she was re-arrested by US Marshals in Atlanta, Georgia on April 6. (report)
  21. March 21: Montrell Fredriskgus Holloway, 29, was found dead from a gunshot wound at the Alameda Terrace Apartments on the 1600 block of Alameda Court Southwest in West End Manor. Chelsie Jones was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  22. March 30: Jubraun Leonard Wright, 27, was found shot to death outside a car on the 1600 block of 13th Avenue North in Fountain Heights. Investigators determined that the shooting was justified and filed no criminal charges. (report)
  23. April 1: Louis Bryant, 44, was shot to death in an apparent domestic dispute at a home at 1516 Vanderbilt Road in Collegeville. Jasmine Mari Drake was taken into custody at the scene and later charged with capital murder. (report)
  24. April 4: Areyelle Meishaun Yarbrough, 32, died from a gunshot wound to the head suffered when a fight broke out during an Easter Sunday gathering at W. C. Patton Park in North Avondale. No arrest. (report)
  25. April 5: Desmon Montez Ray Jr, 28, died at UAB Hospital from a gunshot injury suffered during a Sunday night confrontation with Birmingham Police officers. Ray emerged from a suspect car that crashed into a fence on the 200 block of 9th Avenue West in College Hills, after fleeing the scene of a reported domestic violence incident. He was holding a handgun and fired a shot before police returned fire. The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation reviewed the circumstances of the fatal police shooting and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office determined it to have been justified. (report)
  26. April 5: Travio Ollison, 19, was shot to death while attempting to help settle a domestic dispute on the 1900 block of Druid Hill Drive in Evergreen. Investigators determined that the shooting was justifiable as self-defense and filed no criminal charges. (report)
  27. April 6: Franardo Armondo Moore, 36, was found shot to death on the 2500 block of 13th Avenue North in Druid Hills. No arrest. (report)
  28. April 7: Howard Johnson, 29, was shot to death during a domestic argument at a home on the 800 block of Avenue G in Ensley. A suspect was taken into custody at the scene, but no charges have been announced. (report)
  29. April 7: Savion Issabell, 16, was found shot to death in a home on the 3600 block of 40th Street North in Inglenook after a drive-by assault. No arrest. (report)
  30. April 9: Tyrone King, 29, a Birmingham Water Works worker, was killed in a drive-by shooting while driving a utility truck at the Eastwood Village shopping center in Eastwood. No arrest. (report)
  31. April 10: Rodriguez Valides Holt, 44, was found shot to death following an altercation at a "shot house" at 2722 Avenue J Ensley, near Ensley Park in Ensley. No arrest. (report)
  32. April 17: Robert Lee Johnson, 64, died in home hospice care, four weeks after suffering blunt force trauma in a dispute at a relative's home on the 1100 block of Penfield Drive in Penfield Park. Johnson's death is being investigated as a homicide, but no arrests have been announced. (report)
  33. April 18: Jermaine Demarico Johnson, 48, was found shot to death in the living room of his home at Autumn Chase apartments on Chase Lane Northeast in Apple Valley. Donna Wilburn Johnson was taken into custody at the scene and later charged with murder. (report)
  34. April 18: Tyree Marcell Brown, 18, was shot to death at Wilson’s Grocery Store at 1200 Five Mile Road in Killough Springs. The shots are believed to have come from a car outside the store. (report)
  35. April 29: Robert Thomas Dickson Jr, 39, and another man were found shot to death in a car at at 512 10th Avenue West in College Hills. No arrest. (report)
  36. April 29: Olanders Earl Spencer, 40, was killed in the same incident.
  37. May 2: Eric Tyler Sledge Jr, 27, was shot to death on the 1100 block of 20th Street South in Five Points South after an earlier altercation. Larry Denzel Rollins was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  38. May 5: Perry Lee Mixon, 62, was found shot to death in a parking lot on the 800 block of 46th Street North in Kingston. No arrest. (report)
  39. May 9: Demonteco Usher, 19, was found shot to death at 6709 Interlaken Avenue in Gate City. A minor was arrested in July and charged with his murder. (report)
  40. May 12: Keith "Big Keith" Hardy, 29, was found shot to death in a car in the parking lot of the Monarch Ridge Apartments on the 2900 block of Gallant Drive in Apple Valley. Investigators determined that Hardy had exchanged words with someone in a silver SUV, and had been shot while attempting to drive away. During the investigation, several fights broke out among onlookers and police locked down the complex for part of the morning. Two persons were taken into custody for questioning at the scene. Quanderiu Montez Sanders was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  41. May 12: James Williams, 17, was shot to death in a drive-by at while waiting for a friend in a courtyard at the Marland Apartments at 2737 Jefferson Avenue Southwest. No arrest. (report)
  42. May 15: Albert Lamar Griffin Jr, 21, was pronounced dead at a hospital from gunshot wounds suffered in an assault in his home at 2623 Avenue S Ensley in Ensley Highlands. Jessie James Jones, an acquaintance of Griffin's, was arrested in June and charged with murder. (report)
  43. May 15: Jaishuntae Ladarus Browning, 20, was found wounded in a small red car near the intersection of 29th Street Ensley and Avenue Z in Fairview . He was taken to Princeton Baptist Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. An altercation took place before the shooting. No arrest. (report)
  44. May 16: Courtney Jan "Coco" Ashley, 35, was pronounced dead at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered while she was walking her dog at the intersection of 10th Avenue South and Richard Arrington Jr Boulevard South near Brother Bryan Park in Five Points South. Brian Timothy Dunne, an ex-boyfriend, was identified as a suspect. He was shot to death in an exchange of fire with police at his apartment later the same day. Ashley's dog was recovered later and returned to her family. (report)
  45. May 16: Brian Anthony Adkins, 34, identified by bystanders as a transient often seen in the area, was shot to death in the same incident. (report)
  46. May 16: Brian Timothy Dunne, 39, a suspect in the shootings at Brother Bryan Park, was shot to death after firing at Birmingham Police SWAT team officers executing an arrest warrant at his home at the Warwick Terrace Apartments at 1010 18th Street South in Five Points South. Two officers were wounded. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agencys State Bureau of Investigation reviewed the officer-involved shooting and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office determined it to have been justified. (report)
  47. May 17: Tavarius Hampton, 25, was shot to death during a confrontation outside a house on the 7800 block of 6th Avenue South in South East Lake. Two people were taken into custody for questioning. Investigators determined that the shooting was justified and no charges were filed. (https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2021/05/shooting-death-of-us-army-sergeant-in-birmingham-ruled-justifiable.html report])
  48. May 20: Bertin Rodriguez Molina, 40, died at UAB Hospital from injuries suffered when he was struck by a car while walking on the 1100 block of 3rd Avenue West four days earlier. The driver fled the scene. No arrest. (report)
  49. May 22: Rondarius Oji Bryant, 30, died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered the night before outside King's Foods at 1528 Warrior Road. Witnesses say he was caught in crossfire between two shooters. No arrest. (report)
  50. May 28: Robert Jonathan Roy, 41, died at UAB Hospital from a gunshot wound suffered during an attempted theft at the Chevron gas station at 2301 Ensley Five Points West Avenue in Ensley Highlands the previous day. John David Johnson was arrested in July and charged with capital murder. (report)
  51. June 1: Desmon Antwuan McGuire, 17, was fatally wounded at Avenue O and 20th Place, in the Tuxedo Terrace housing community in Ensley's Tuxedo neighborhood. He is believed to have been struck by a shot fired from a vehicle. No arrest. McGuire's father, Brandon, was the victim of a 2009 homicide. (report)
  52. June 5: Joseph Demetrice Robinson, 25, was one of two men shot to death in an assault at the Circle K at 232 Roebuck Plaza Drive in Roebuck. Another male was wounded. Robinson's 1-year old son was in the car, but was uninjured. The suspected shooter, Antonio Shaw, was taken into custody nearby and charged with two counts of capital murder. (report)
  53. June 5: Rikki D'Unri Christopher Bynum, 27, was killed in the same incident.
  54. June 10: Earnest Moody Jr, 33, was shot to death in a drive-by shooting at an apartment complex on the 1900 block of 14th Avenue North in Druid Hills. Deandre Brantley surrendered to police and was charged with capital murder. (report)
  55. June 12: Claude Alamin Jones, 20, was shot to death while riding a bicycle on the 100 block of Center Street South in South Titusville. Martez Dejuan James was arrested in October and charged with capital murder. (report)
  56. June 12: Sheila Chantel Johnson, 27, died at UAB Hospital from injuries suffered in a May 22 vehicle-to-vehicle shooting on the 8300 block of 1st Avenue North in North East Lake. The driver and one of three children in the car were also injured by gunfire. No arrest. (report)
  57. June 14: Lykeria Briana Taylor, 21, died at UAB Hospital from injuries suffered in a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting at the intersection of Avenue V Ensley and Warrior Road at Central Park/Ensley Highlands, shortly after leaving Euphoria Sports Bar & Hookah Lounge where a shooting had taken place earlier. No arrest. (report)
  58. June 14: Anthony Bernard Jackson Jr, 43, was found shot to death in a pickup truck on the 1500 block of 29th Street Ensley. It was reported that the shooter pulled up behind Jackson in a silver SUV, got out and shot him multiple times, then drove off. Darric Hall was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  59. June 14: Clint Blake Dean, 31, was shot to death during a domestic argument at a house on the 900 block of 47th Place North in Woodlawn. No arrest. (report)
  60. June 14: Armonda Contreras, 43, was shot to death by Birmingham Police officers during a violent altercation at the El Girasol taqueria and tienda at 8506 1st Avenue North in North East Lake. Contreras fled into the business after police attempted to pull him over for driving on the wrong side of the road. He threw bottles and wrested a taser away from officers before he was shot. The incident is being reviewed by the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation. (report)
  61. June 15: Carlester Blue, 68, died at UAB Hospital after suffering blunt force trauma in an assault at the Cherry Avenue Citgo at 501 Forestdale Boulevard in Smithfield Estates. No arrest. (report)
  62. June 19: Josiah Bryant, 22, was shot to death at Hatcher’s Auto Transmission Center at 543 Tuscaloosa Avenue Southwest. The shooting is presumed to have been justified as he was struck while exchanging gunfire with an employee during an attempted robbery. (report)
  63. June 23: Jajuan Marquis Tanniehill, 20, was found shot to death at The Onyx at 600 apartments on Earline Circle in the Spring Lake neighborhood. No arrest. (report)
  64. June 29: Dentarius Maurice Jackson, 20, died at UAB Hospital from gunshot wounds suffered the previous night at the Chevron gas station at 8730 1st Avenue North. Investigators believe the dispute began at the nearby The Ridge at Crestwood apartments, and was continued at the gas station. Roderick Lynn Patterson and Devon Perkins-Jones were arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder. (report)
  65. July 8: Bennie Harris III, 47, was found dead in his burning home on the 3700 block of Todd Avenue Southwest in Grasselli Heights. Investigators reported signs of foul play. No arrest. (report)
  66. July 10: Kadarius Khalil Kyneard, 23, was killed in a shootout on the 4400 block of Willard Avenue Southwest in Hillman. Two others were injured by gunshot. Investigators determined that the fatal shots were fired in self defense and filed no criminal charges. (report)
  67. July 12: Sergio Hernandez Leiva, 28, was shot to death in his front yard near the intersection of 85th Street and 3rd Avenue North in North East Lake as he was leaving for work. No arrest. (report)
  68. July 17: Treven Williams was found shot to death in the parking lot of the Eastmont Plaza apartments at 7601 2nd Avenue North in Wahouma. A 17-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  69. July 18: Bryant Terrell Myers, 40, was shot to death at his car in the parking lot of Spur Groceries at 945 Pike Road in Belview Heights. The shooter fled in another vehicle. No arrest. (report)
  70. July 19: Lapez Reddrick, 47, was found mortally wounded at a home on the 900 block of Erie Street in Wylam after an argument with an unidentified man. At least one child in the house was unharmed. No arrest. (report)
  71. July 20: Raylee Allen, 11 months, was shot to death at her home at The Branch at Carson Springs apartments at 1820 Carson Road in Echo Highlands during a reported domestic disturbance. Her father is believed to have been the shooter, though he has not yet been charged. His bond from a previous charge was revoked. (report)
  72. July 25: Briona Leshay Groom, 27, died at UAB Hospital from injuries suffered when she was shot on her way to work, on the 3900 block of 39th Court North in Inglenook on June 4. She was found in her crashed car at 4601 Eastlake Boulevard. She told a 911 dispatcher that she knew the shooter, but did not identify them before losing consciousness. (report)
  73. August 3: Clifford Grayson Jr, 27, was found shot to death in a car at the Shell gas station at 3833 East Lake Boulevard in Inglenook following an argument. Investigators concluded that the shooting was justified as self defense and filed no criminal charges. (report)
  74. August 5: Ellis Lewis Embry, 66, was one of two people found shot to death in a house on the 1000 block of 42nd Place North in Kingston. No arrest. (report)
  75. August 5: Timothy Lashawn Erby, 49, was found shot to death at the same house.
  76. August 8: An unnamed male was shot to death following an argument outside the Empire Gentleman’s Club at 100 3rd Avenue North in Smithfield. The shooter fled the scene on foot. No arrest. (report)
  77. August 8: Lebriel Davis, 15, was pronounced dead at Princeton Baptist Medical Center from gunshot wounds suffered in an assault on the 700 block of 3rd Avenue West in Graymont. No arrest. (report)
  78. August 17: Marcus Leroy Williams, 23, was shot and killed by a motorist in a disabled vehicle on the 2500 block of 7th Avenue North. The shooter claimed Williams was naked and behaving erratically when he approached the vehicle and opened the door. The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office made a determination that the shooting was justified as self-defense and declined to prosecute. (report)
  79. August 17: Hernado Retion McJunkins, 39, was shot to death outside the King's Inn at 1313 3rd Avenue North in Fountain Heights. Dexter Eaton Jr and Christopher Garcia Spencer have been arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  80. August 19: Justin Devon Wade, 22, died at UAB Hospital from the gunshot wound suffered after a verbal altercation outside a residence at 526 Beacon Crest Circle in the Valora at Homewood apartments in Glen Iris. No arrest. (report)
  81. August 24: Bryce Landrus Berry, 26, was found shot to death in a parking lot on the 1100 block of Princeton Avenue Southwest. Ladarius Devon Johnson was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  82. August 25: Earnest Tremaine Porter-Smith, 35, was found stabbed to death on the 6200 block of 2nd Avenue South in South Woodlawn following a fight over a woman. Reginald Lamont Wheeler was arrested and charged with murder. (report)
  83. August 25: Kevin Devose, 47, was killed in an apparently targeted shooting as he stepped inside the Smart Food Mart at 900 20th Street Ensley. Marquise Terell Taylor was arrested in October and charged with murder. (report)
  84. August 28: Artez McGowan Jr, 21, was killed in a drive-by shooting on the 500 block of Avenue G Pratt in Central Pratt. Cadaryus JaJuan Jones was arrested and charged with capital murder. (report)
  85. September 4: Reginald Curtis Crawford Jr, 26, was shot to death in a gunfight in the Superior For Men store at Roebuck Plaza shopping center. One other man was killed and two wounded. Four suspects fled in a vehicle and led police on a chase into Tarrant before the car fell into a walled drainage ditch near the intersection of Tarrant-Huffman Road and Linthicum Street. Three were taken into custody there and a fourth escaped on foot. The shooting that caused Crawford's death was ruled justifiable. (report)
  86. September 1: Misty Dawn Davis-Beasley, 42, was found dead on the 6300 block of 5th Avenue South in Oak Ridge Park. In October it was reported her death is being investigated as a homicide. No arrest. (report)
  87. September 4: Cornelius Ja'Shawn Hilliard, 21, was killed in the same incident. Jureil D. Dowdell and an unnamed 17-year-old male were charged with murder in Hilliard's death.
  88. September 10: Leroy Earl Sumlin, 45, was found shot to death in a car which struck an apartment on the 200 block of 4th Court West in the Elyton Village public housing community in Graymont. No arrest. (report)
  89. September 13: Tyrese Jamal Vault, 27, was found shot to death in the passenger seat of a vehicle stopped on the 2400 block of 4th Avenue South in Southside. A second person was injured by gunfire. No arrests. (report)
  90. September 16: Christopher Diltz, 33, was found stabbed to death in a burning house on the 4500 block of 11th Avenue North in Kingston. No arrest. (report)
  91. September 22: Ahmad Rash Cockrell, 21, was shot to death and another person wounded in an altercation at an apartment on the 900 block of 44th Place North in the Morton Simpson Homes public housing project in Kingston. No charges have been filed. (report)
  92. September 23: Euriticulus DeShawn Williams, 33, a member of a work crew picking up litter on I-59, was struck and killed by a FedEx delivery vehicle on the southbound lanes near Roebuck Parkway in Roebuck Springs-South Roebuck. The driver left the scene, but was apprehended nearby. No charges have been announced. (report)
  93. September 24: Ashley Canty, 24, died from gunshot wounds suffered a week earlier. She was found in a wrecked car on the 2800 block of Norwood Boulevard. No arrest. (report)
  94. September 25: Marion Reynolds, 61, was found shot to death, apparently struck while walking his dog on the 3900 block of Mineral Avenue Southwest in Industrial Center. No arrest. (report)
  95. September 25: Joshua Rogers, 26, was found shot to death outside a vehicle stopped at a small apartment building on Dugan Avenue in North Pratt. No arrest. A person of interest was taken into custody at a gas station nearby. No charges have been announced. (report)
  96. September 30: Charles Melvin Peterson, 72, was found shot to death in his apartment at 4705 Kingston Avenue in Kingston. No arrest. (report)
  97. October 1: Richard Lee Samuels, 29, was shot to death at the Chevron at 1800 31st Street Southwest in Jones Valley. No arrest. (report)
  98. October 10: Christian Deon Raspberry, 20, was shot to death while driving near the 4100 block of 42nd Street North in Inglenook. Three persons of interest were taken into custody, but no charges have been announced. (report)
  99. October 12: Nia Peoples, 30, was found dead in the front yard of a home on the 1600 block of 8th Avenue West in Bush Hills. No arrest. (report)
  100. October 18: Deonta Sewayne Pickett, 40, was found shot to death in a vehicle parked on the 1300 block of 44th Street North in Kingston. No arrest. (report)
  101. October 19: Roderick Tavares Chester Jr, 24, was found shot to death in a vehicle on the 6700 block of Kimberly Avenue in the Marks Village public housing community in Gate City. A woman and child in the car suffered minor injuries. The shooting is believed to have taken place nearby on Joppa Avenue. A person of interest has been identified, but no arrests have been announced. (report)

Responses

Paul Hollman, pastor of Mount Mariah Baptist Church, called on Mayor Randall Woodfin to declare a state of emergency over the city's homicide rate. His church has sponsored billboards with the message "Let’s Build. Not Kill! Reset 2021," and launched "Citizens Against Killings" campaign.

Following Areyelle Yarbough's death from a stray bullet fired during an Easter gathering at W. C. Patton Park, Rickey Smiley, a family friend, spoke out against "no-snitch" culture and offered a $5,000 reward for information.

In April, Mayor Woodfin joined with Chief Smith, Birmingham City Council Public Safety Committee chair Hunter Williams, Sheriff Mark Pettway, Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr, and U.S. Attorney Prim Escalona to emphasize that investigations and prosecutions of gun crimes will be prioritized.

On May 8, the Mayor's office and Police Department partnered with the Pi Upsilon Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. to organize a voluntary gun buy-back program at First Ebenezer Baptist Church on Graymont Avenue. Wal-Mart gift cards were distributed to those turning in guns. On June 5 a group called Students Demand Action Birmingham held a "Peace Rally" at Kelly Ingram Park.

In June the Mayor's office announced a $125,000 "Gun Violence Against Children Fund," offering $25,000 rewards through Crime Stoppers for information leading to arrests in any of the five cases in which the victims were young children.

See also

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