Athlete, Music Hopeful Among Victims in Alabama Mass Shooting

The small town of Dadeville, Alabama, reels from the weekend shooting at a “Sweet 16” birthday celebration that killed four people and wounded 28 more.

Several of those wounded remain in critical condition.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has released no information about a suspect or suspects or a motive in the shooting, which erupted at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, but they have asked for information from anyone who was at the Mahogany Masterpiece Dance Studio or who may have information, as CrimeOnline reported.

Two teens embrace at a prayer vigil on Sunday outside First Baptist Church in Dadeville. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Meanwhile, Alabama media has identified all four of the people who were killed.

Phil Dowdell, 18. A Dadeville High School senior and brother of the birthday girl, Dowdell was weeks away from graduation and was going to Jacksonville State University on a football scholarship.

KeKe Smith, 17. Smith was also a Dadeville High School senior and was the manager of the basketball and track and field teams.. She, too, had been an athlete until she was sidelined by a knee injury last year and was going to the University of Alabama in the fall.

Corbin Holston, 23. Holston graduated Dadeville High in 2018.

Siah Collins, 19. Collins was a 2022 graduate of Opelika High School, about 30 miles from Dadeville. He was a defensive end on the Opelika football team in 2021 and was pursuing a music career.

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[Featured image: L-R, KeKe Smith, Corbin Holston, Phil Dowdell, and Siah Collins/Facebook]