More violence in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – It was another violent night in Birmingham.  After the gunfire ended, 38 year old Nathaniel Taylor lay dying in his vehicle parked in the 1700 block of 26th St. Ensley.

Neighbors wouldn’t comment on camera, but tell CBS 42 that this appeared to be a drive by shooting.

The scene isn’t far from the place where Maria Portis’ son was gunned down two years ago.  James Portis was shot and killed after the Function at the Junction in July 24, 2010.  After that, she says nothing surprises her about violence anymore.  “Cause we losing one everyday.  Not every 12 hours.  Everyday.  Every few minutes and it don’t make no sense.  We need to all come together watch out for each other not go against each other,” Portis goes on.

But Taylor’s death wasn’t the only murder this week.  Montez Leatherwood was killed nearby on 35th St. Ensley.

And Friday night, there was a vigil for a husband and father found shot to death in front of a home in Fairfield.  Anti-violence activist Herman Henderson says they’ve had enough.   “We’re not going to sit around and wait on the Mayor.   We’re not going to sit around and wait on the Chief of Police.  We are, as a community, going into every community and passing out leaflets.  Letting them know lets get back our daughters, lets get back our sons and lets get back our community,” he says.

There has been an arrest in the early Saturday morning homicide.  But there have been no arrests in either of the other two.  If you have any information on any of these cases, call Crimestoppers at 254-7777.

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