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Miss Josephine Travis is still shaken over the fatal shooting that ended in her yard in Tuscaloosa. (abc3340.com) Miss Josephine Travis is still shaken over the fatal shooting that ended in her yard in Tuscaloosa. (abc3340.com)
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     Miss Josephine Travis is still quite shaken over a fatal shooting late Thursday afternoon that ended in her yard on 8th Street in Tuscaloosa.

     She says 19 year old Laranden Perry chased 27-year old Rico Barnes to her yard shooting Barnes repeatedly until she asked Perry to stop. "He was running down the street. And after he fell -- he came on down and was standing over him. And I came to door and asked him why in the -blank- are you still shooting him. It looks like you've already killed him or he's dying one."

     Perry lives in the home across the street from Ms. Travis.  But, Police say he ran to his sisters house down the road.  Perry's family, including his mother say they have no idea what triggered the shooting. "Rico wasn't a bad person but my son is not a bad person either. So, what they go into about, I really don't know," said Sheila Perry, mother of the young suspect.

   Family members do say the two were friends until late last year when Perry accused Barnes of Robbing him.  The two had split ways, but apparently saw and confronted each other in the neighborhood just prior to the shooting.

   That's why it really shocked Ms. Travis. "I used to see them together all the time. They use to swap bikes, ride bikes...he had a bike, let the boy ride it...if other had a bike-- he'd let him ride it."

    But, now one is deceased and the other charged with murder.  Perry's mother says that is troubling for both families. "I just wished this had never happened...never come to this and I'm sorry...sorry for the family."

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