BIRMINGHAM, AL – A GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for the funeral costs of De’Undray Haggard, the 18-year-old Birmingham teenager who police say was shot dead on Wednesday night in the western part of the city.
Candice Banks, Haggard’s girlfriend started the page Thursday, writing, “We want to be able to put it to rest the right way.” By Friday morning, the Page had received $870 of its $10,000 goal.
“(Haggard) always had a smile on his face that brightened the room,” Banks wrote. “Everyone who knew (Haggard) knew he was staying out of trouble, all he wanted to do was get out of Birmingham. He was planning on going to college and becoming an entrepreneur, owning his own business.”
Banks added: “De’Undray will be missed, we love you.”
According to the Birmingham Police Department, just after 8pm on Wednesday officers were dispatched to the 2900 block of John Bryant Road after a report of a shot person.
Officers arrived to find Haggard suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Birmingham Fire and Rescue.
Police said their preliminary investigation indicated Haggard met the suspect at this location. During their interaction, the suspect shot Haggard several times before fleeing on foot.
As of Friday, the police department had reported no arrests related to the case, which police said was the city’s eighth murder investigation in 2022.
According to AL.com, Haggard was an old person at AH Parker High School, despite being from Selma.
“Once again we have lost a student at Birmingham City Schools to gun violence and we are deeply saddened,” Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Mark Sullivan told AL.com. “Our thoughts and prayers are with De’Undray’s family as well as the Parker High School family.”
On Saturday, another local high school student, Yasmine Wright, 16, was killed after police believe she was caught in gunfire as she returned home from work at Birmingham Zoo. Wright was a student at Wenonah High School.
Ed Franklin Harris, 49, was also killed in this incident.
Police interviewed a person of interest in the case, but did not press charges against him, AL.com reported Wednesday.
Police are asking anyone with information about either case to contact the BPD Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777. Anonymous information may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers through the Birmingham Police Service mobile app.