Students remember pregnant teen who was killed

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  Two young men are behind bars after Phenix City police say they killed a pregnant teenager and injured another woman. The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon.

Police say a 15 year old juvenile and 18 year old Brandin Singleton fired several shots on Ingersoll Drive in Phenix City.

At the young age of 18, high school senior Iman Palmer lost her life in a drive-by shooting.

"My understanding is that she is a senior and she was successful in the program we had to offer her and it did help her out," explained Phenix City Schools Assistant Superintendent Mary Jane Riley.

The teen was enrolled in the "New Beginnings" program at the Phenix City Success Academy. Now counselors are helping her classmates and teachers deal with this tragedy. Riley said, "We had counselors from several other schools who reported to the Success Academy today to be sure the needs of our kids were met."

Iman was expecting a child, and although doctors could not save her from a gunshot wound to the head, they were able to save her baby. The child was transferred to Children's Hospital in Atlanta.

Now a community is shaken by the news of this unexpected death and her friends are mourning the loss of this young life.

Riley told News Leader Nine, "We quite often go into classrooms because it's a traumatic thing when you go back and that chair is empty. We want to deal with our children and help them understand that this is a very unhappy fact of life, but it is a fact of life. We try to help them with coping skills. We just need to meet their needs, whatever they might be."

The other victim in Tuesday's shooting, 20 year old Amber Turpin, was treated and released from the Columbus Medical Center after being shot in the leg.

The suspected shooters are in police custody the 15 year old is being held at the Lee County Youth Detention Facility and 18 year old Brandin Singleton is in the Russell County Jail.

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