Correction: The article and title previously stated the female victim was 15-years-old. This was stated by Mobile Police who clarified that she was 14.
UPDATE (2:12 p.m.): Lamonyae Forrest, 18, along with a 16-year-old were arrested in connection with the murder of Ciara Jackson, 14, who was shot and killed on Michael Donald Avenue early Wednesday morning. While being escorted to Mobile Metro Jail, Forrest claimed the shooting and death were accidental. Afterward, Sgt. John Young with the Mobile Police Department gave an interview to the media.
When we talked with Sgt. John Young at the Mobile Police Department, he asked the question, “When is enough, enough?” Sgt. Young expressed his grief that an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old were killed within a number of days.
This 23rd homicide of the year is heartbreaking to me, personally. Ciara is 14. She died on the street named after Michael Donald, who was the last known lynching by the Ku Klux Klan in 1980. 40 years later more innocent blood has been shed on that street that is supposed to memorialize the death and sacrafice. A black girl being gunned down on that street by a black man is disgusting, I’ve said it. There’s a subculture of gun violence in the City of Mobile with young black men, and it’s time we did something about it. I’ve said it, so no one has to be called a racist anymore. Our homicides: 19, 19, 18, 17, 16, 14, 11, at 4-years-old were all black children. When are we as a city going to wake up and say ‘lets address this issue’? I’ve said it, now it’s out in the open, right? Whatever happens to me, fine. If you guys slay me in the media, fine. But don’t forget these innocent black lives that have been lost.Sgt. John Young, Mobile Police Department
UPDATE (1:32 p.m.): Mobile police have identified two suspects in the death of the 14-year-old girl. Lamonyae Forrest,18, and a 16-year-old male have been charged with capital murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
UPDATE (9:37 a.m.): Officials with the Mobile Police Department have confirmed that a 14-year-old female was shot and killed.
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Neighbors say one person was shot to death early Wednesday morning in Mobile. Mobile Police wrapped crime scene tape around a home on Michael Donald Boulevard. That’s between Spring Hill Avenue and Old Shell Road in Midtown Mobile.
Neighbors say a person was shot and taken to medical care but later died. Across the street from the home Mobile Police are investigating is a black car with several bullet holes and numbered evidence stickers. We’ve reached out to Mobile Police for more information.
This is the second homicide in Mobile in two days. Monday night an 11-year-old boy was shot and killed in the RV Taylor Community. Mobile Police have released few details on what led up to that crime.