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Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Kei’lan Allen shot by James Deanthony Reed, Julian Lamont Gordon, Jr., Jaden Zaire Jenkins?

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Kei’lan Allen of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States has died. He was 13.

At around 6:15 p.m. on October 15, 2021, Allen was wearing his red Beats and playing on his iPad in his room while his mother Christina Barnes was down the hall in their home at Washington Square, Tuscaloosa when around 13 bullets came through the window. The bullets hit the boy in the head and he died at home.

“Obviously this is a true victim,” WBRC quoted Tuscaloosa Police Department violent crimes unit captain Marty Sellers as saying. “This is someone who did nothing to deserve being shot, not that anyone ever does, but sometimes victims contribute to their own demise but he certainly did not do that. He was minding his own business.”

James Deanthony Reed (©Tuscaloosa Police Department)
James Deanthony Reed (©Tuscaloosa Police Department)

The Tuscaloosa Police Department arrested James Deanthony Reed, 18, on the evening of October 16, 2021, Julian Lamont Gordon, Jr., 21, on the afternoon of October 18, 2021 and Jaden Zaire Jenkins, 19, on the evening of October 18, 2021. They are accused of fatally shooting Allen on October 15, 2021.

It was not confirmed whether or not Reed, Gordon and Jenkins are Tuscaloosa residents. They were each charged with capital murder.

Reed and Gordon’s actual target was reportedly an older member of Allen’s family. The victim was an eighth-grader and a straight-A student of Westlawn Middle School in Tuscaloosa.

They teenage boy was Barnes’s eldest child and only son. He has three younger sisters.

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Allen was described by his grandmother Georgia Black as a sweet kid and a very decent person. She told ABC 3340, “He was born with knowledge that I wish I had right now.”

“It’s an unspeakable tragedy to lose any student especially so unexpectedly and in such a terrible way,” Tuscaloosa City Schools social worker Tesney Davis said in a statement obtained by the publication. “We’re all at Tuscaloosa City Schools sending our condolences and prayers to the family.”

Anyone with information about Kei’lan Allen‘s shooting is asked to call 205-349-2121 or 205-464-8690 or report anonymously at 205-752-STOP (7867).

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