Family of teen killed in Northport shooting: ‘It needs to stop today’

Trinity Shannon

Another family is without their child this week after a 16-year-old Tuscaloosa County High School student died in a deadly shooting Tuesday.

Trinity Shannon was shot and killed in the drive-thru at Wendy’s near the intersection of Alabama Highway 69 and U.S. Highway 82. Her death follows that of 13-year-old Kei’lan Allen, who died in his West Tuscaloosa home Friday in a drive-by shooting.

Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit investigators said Trinity was in a vehicle with a 20-year-old male driver who was injured in the shooting and another woman at the time. The driver told police he and the suspect, 19-year-old Kenderius Sherman, had a long history of disagreements and that he may have been Sherman’s intended target.

Sherman was identified by witnesses and video, and he was charged with capital murder and two counts of attempted murder. Capital murder is a charge that does not allow for bond, so he remains in the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

“Our hearts are broken,” said Trinity’s grandmother Veronica Little. “Only God can mend our broken hearts, but before another family suffers the loss of a loved one, this needs to stop.”

Little’s plea was emphasized by her tears, pain still fresh.

“It needs to stop today,” she said. “We just ask for your prayers for our family.”

Trinity’s uncle Reginald Hall said it’s time for local officials to step up and do something more effective about area gun violence.

“It’s a revolving door that’s going to continue to happen unless somebody steps up and does something,” Hall said. “It’s been going on for a while. Not everything makes it to television, but it’s going on.”

Hall said it’s still so hard to believe the latest shooting victim is his niece.

“I tried to get to (my family) as fast as I could because I knew my sister was going to be an emotional wreck,” Hall said.

Trinity was a bubbly, outgoing person, he said.

“She’ll do anything for anybody,” he said. “She had standards. You know she stood for something, and that’s one thing I loved about her because it’s hard to find that in a young person.”

The family hasn’t yet made funeral arrangements.

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