14 Year Old Girl Killed Over Facebook Argument

Birmingham police are investigating a homicide after a triple shooting left a 14-year-old girl dead and at least two others injured on Friday evening.

On Saturday, Birmingham police Lt. Sean Edwards identified the victim as Kierra'onna Rice.

Police responded to a report of a person shot in a park in the 900 block of Washington Avenue Southwest around 6:15 p.m. Friday.

When officers got to the scene, they learned that the victim had been taken to Baptist Princeton Medical Center with a life-threatening injury. Rice later died from her injuries at the hospital.

Two other victims were taken to UAB Hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

Investigators learned that the incident started with a quarrel among several girls on Facebook. Police said that a group of teens wanted to record themselves fighting to post the video on social media.

After the fight started, police say two black males, ages 17 and 19, pulled out their guns and began firing at the girls. Witnesses identified the suspects as the shooters and they were taken into custody.

Birmingham police said they believe one of the suspects was dating one of the girls who was fighting with Rice.

Lt. Edwards says several of the girls, including the victim, agreed to meet at a the park and fight.

On Monday, Birmingham police identified the suspects as Antonio King, 17, and Jason Wade, 19, both of Birmingham.

King and Wade have each been charged with murder, first degree assault and second degree assault. They are being held in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds of $3 million each.

Alicia Rice said she knew about the bullying but said she would have never allowed her daughter to go to the park.

"I called her and I said, 'Go home.' She said, 'I'm going home Momma.' She text [sic] me and said, 'Momma, I'm sorry. But I got to fight this girl one more time.' That's what she told me. She didn't tell me where she was when she hung up. And text [sic] me and said, 'I got to fight her one more time, not one more time but I have to fight her and go and get it over with,'" Alicia recalled.

Alicia said the bond between her and her daughter was strong. She thinks peer pressure led to Friday's fight.

"I think this is just the one time where somebody just convinced her just to come on, you need to prove yourself. Get this over with," Keke's aunt, Tyanna Rice, said.

"She said, 'I love you so much and I'm going to call you right back.' But before I could get that call back her mama was calling me and telling me that she was gone," said Keke's boyfriend of two years, Javonte Hurst.

Along with Keke's mom, Hurst also tried to convince her not to go to the park. He hopes her death will make teens think twice if they're put in a similar situation.

"Put down the weapons. Everyone has had some type of back and forth to say with each other. Why kill them over just words?" Hurst said.



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