Drive-By Shooting Kills 13-Year-Old in Bedroom

3 are charged in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in death of Kei'lan Allen
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 19, 2021 9:45 AM CDT
Bullet From Outside Kills 13-Year-Old in Bedroom

Alabama police have charged a third person with capital murder in the killing of a 13-year-old boy who was hit by a bullet that entered his bedroom as he played on an iPad, per the AP. Jaden Zaire Jenkins, 19, was arrested Monday in the death of Kei'lan Allen, Tuscaloosa police said. Julian Lamont Gordon, 21, and James Deanthony Reed, 18, were charged previously. Kei'lan was in his bedroom when gunfire erupted outside on Friday, police said. At least one bullet entered the residence and struck the child. Multiple shell casings were found outside the house.

Investigators believe shooters who drove by the home intended to target an older member of Kei'lan's family but shot the boy instead, said Capt. Jack Kennedy, commander of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit. Cousin Corey Prewitt, 26, tells that Kei'lan's mother called out to her son after the gunshots. "He didn’t answer after that, so she walked in the room, and he was slumped over," he recounts. “She just grabbed him and was telling him, 'I love you. I love you.' An innocent child with a bullet hole in his head." Supporters have set up a GoFundMe account for the family.

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