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article imageGirl, 14, killed in fight that started on Facebook

By Andrew Ellis     Mar 2, 2015 in Crime
Birmingham - A 14-year-old Alabama girl's life was cut short Friday when she was shot and killed in an argument that started on the Facebook social media site.
Birmingham authorities said Kierra'onna Rice was slain during a fight between two groups of young people at around 5 p.m., according to WPTV news.
TechWorm reports the argument that started on the popular social media site between two groups of friends continued when they met on the streets. The fight included Rice and several other girls, but was ended after two males fired multiple gunshots. In addition to Rice's death, two others were shot, but police said they are in stable condition. There was also someone there recorded video of the fight with intentions of posting it online.
Diamond Davis said that no one ever expected this to happen to Rice, and that she was always willing to lend a helping hand.
"She was a good person," he said of Rice, according to WVTM News. "She, she never had any trouble. She was never in anything. She was a good person. She liked to help people."
Commenting on the tragic incident, Birmingham pastor and president of the "Stop the Violence" movement Herman Henderson said that it's time for parents to take responsibility for their kids' behavior.
"We going to reach these daddies, we going to reach these mothers, and we're going to tell them this is senseless," Henderson said, according to WVTM News. "Where are they getting the guns from? Where are they learning to be so violent at a young age? What happened to the curfew that was put in place?"
It's not just an issue Birmingham residents are concerned with, either. The article also says that Bessemer city councilor David Vance has made it his mission to stop youth violence.
"And the way we can do this is we all just need to sit down and come up with a game plan," he explained, according to the article. "And stop marching and just come up with some ideas to get these kids to think about their actions."
Police also confirmed that they have suspects and formal charges "are pending," according to NBC News. The names will be released once the charges are formally made, according to WVTM News.
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