18-year-old arrested in drive-by that killed 13-year-old



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An 18-year-old has been arrested in the drive-by shooting that killed a 13-year-old boy who was playing with his iPad in his bedroom. Alabama police said they expect to make more arrests soon.

James Deanthony Reed was charged Sunday with capital murder in the death of Kei’lan Allen, and was to be held without bond, according to a statement on the Tuscaloosa Police Department’s Facebook page.

“We believe Reed was targeting one of Kei’lan’s older family members,” the department said.

The statement said, “This is an ongoing and active investigation, and we expect to make additional arrests soon.”

No arrests had been made as of Monday morning, and the court clerk’s records did not show an attorney who could speak for Reed, department spokesperson Stephanie Taylor said in an email.

Police said earlier that a barrage aimed at the house left so many bullet casings in the street that officers had to use folded business card as evidence markers.

A cousin, Corey Prewitt, 26, described Allen as a friendly, respectful straight-A student and artist, Al.com reported.

The shooters “just snatched away a future valedictorian from his family and that’s not something that’s easy to deal with,” he said.

Prewitt said Christina Barnes, the child’s mother, called out for her son after the shooting.

“He didn’t answer after that, so she walked in the room, and he was slumped over,” Prewitt said. “She just grabbed him and was telling him, ‘I love you. I love you.’ An innocent child with a bullet hole in his head.”


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