A devastated mother in Birmingham, AL is now mourning the loss of not one, but two sons. According to AL.com, the Birmingham Police Department is currently conducting an investigation into the deaths of Dewayne Price, 22, and Jeremiah Price, 24. The tragic murder-suicide is reportedly the result of an argument that turned deadly.
Fighting Over Money:
It has been reported that Jeremiah and Dewayne Price became embroiled in a heated argument outside of their Fountain Heights apartment. The details of the argument are unclear, but investigators have determined that the two were arguing over money. At some point during the argument, Jeremiah pulled a gun. Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards confirmed that Jeremiah shot and killed Dewayne. After hearing gunshots his mother walked out and saw Dewayne lying on the ground. That’s when Jeremiah turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.
Both brothers were pronounced dead at the scene.
A Devastated Mother:
Needless to say, the Price family is mourning the loss of both brothers, but no one is probably more devastated than their mother. Apparently, she witnessed the situation unfold. When she walked outside and found one of her sons lying on the ground, the other turned the gun on himself and fired while she was standing there. “The mom is heartbroken. She said they got to scuffling in the house and they got separated and once they went outside, she heard the gunshot,” said Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper. “She walked out there and one son is lying on the ground and the other son committed suicide right in front of her.”
Roper went on to state that the disturbing shooting is not only a loss for the grieving family but a tragedy for their community. “It’s absolutely mind-boggling how cheap life has become, even in a family situation with two brothers arguing over someone owing money,” Roper said. And when it’s all over, it’s all over, both are lying there side by side in the yard dead. It’s not a police issue. It’s bigger than a police department. It’s a community issue and one that we won’t solve just relying on the police department alone.”
“This is heartbreaking. The bottom line is it’s really beyond words,” he said. “It’s something we can’t even process and understand how this situation could end in both brothers being dead. It’s unfortunate in our society, in modern society, we see violence but when it’s this close and personal, when it affects one family, it’s difficult to deal with,” the chief said. “Now they have to plan two funerals and pull the family together to try to get through that.”
This is probably one of the saddest stories you’ll read today. These two men lost their lives over a senseless argument and their mother will probably never be the same. The brothers’ deaths have been declared Birmingham, AL’s 98th homicide this year.