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Alex City high school student shot, killed while riding with friends

Quentavious Reese, the victim (Courtesy: Melissa Robbins, his mother) Quentavious Reese, the victim (Courtesy: Melissa Robbins, his mother)
Reese was a talented basketball player (Courtesy: Melissa Robbins) Reese was a talented basketball player (Courtesy: Melissa Robbins)
The area where the deadly shooting happpened. (Source: WSFA 12 News) The area where the deadly shooting happpened. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Anthony Parker (Source: Alexander City Police Department) Anthony Parker (Source: Alexander City Police Department)
Melissa Robbins with her son (Courtesy: Melissa Robbins) Melissa Robbins with her son (Courtesy: Melissa Robbins)
ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) -

Friends and family members are mourning the loss of an Alexander City teenager who lost his life as he was out getting ready for his senior prom.

Now, charges have been upgraded against the suspect in the case.

Anthony Davon Parker, 18, has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal incident Tuesday night.

At 7 p.m., officers were called to the Russell Medical Center Emergency Room where ER staff members found the victim, 18-year-old Quentavious Reese, suffering from a gunshot wound to the forehead in the back seat of a car parked in the entrance to the emergency room. Medical personnel also noticed that the back windshield of the vehicle had been shattered.

Reese was still alive and he was rushed inside the facility and then airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment. He passed away from his injuries Wednesday afternoon.

He was a senior at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City. The school system is on spring break this week, and Reese was out with some friends Tuesday getting items for his prom, scheduled for April 8.

"He was looking forward to it and anything having to do with prom he was looking for- decorations, his tuxedo," said his mother, Melissa Robbins. "He was with his friends, his cousins."

The shooting happened in the 3800 block of Robinson Road, an area outside of the city limits, but still within the police jurisdiction.

Detective Riley Foshee says Reese was in the car with three other friends. They had left one of the friend's homes and were on the way to the home of another one of the passengers in the car when they passed by the house on Robinson Road where Parker was shooting a gun outside.

The car got past the house and suddenly the back windshield exploded, according to witnesses. Reese was struck by one of the bullets fired by Parker, Det. Foshee said. His friends then rushed him to the hospital.

"From witness testimony, it was just a reckless act of discharging a firearm and just not paying attention," Foshee added. "If you’re going to shoot a gun, make sure you shoot it in a direction that’s not in the direction of a road or traveling car. Just be aware of your surroundings whenever you’re discharging a firearm."

Parker was in the process of buying the gun, the detective added.

The suspect does not live at that location. He was there visiting some friends and he knows the victim, police said. In fact, the group Quentavious Reese was with at the time of the shooting had stopped by the house where the fatal gunshots were fired from earlier that day.

Anthony Parker is a student and football player at the University of West Alabama. He is also an Alexander City native. He was arrested charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle Tuesday night and the murder charge was added Wednesday. He was being held in the city jail and was to be transferred to the Tallapoosa County Jail Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

The University of West Alabama's athletics website lists Parker as a freshmen offensive lineman and indicates that he also attended Benjamin Russell. 

His college football bio states: "Two-time all-state selection at Benjamin Russell (Ala.) High School … Had 34 career pancake blocks, 25 as a senior … Had an 82 percent blocking grade and 110 knockdowns in 2015 ... Earned offensive lineman of the year honors … Served as team captain at BRHS … Helped lead team to 11-2 record as a senior … Also had a fumble recovery."

As for the victim's family, they continue to cope with such a sudden and tragic loss. Quentavious Reese was a talented basketball player. He was getting ready to graduate high school and had plans to attend Southern Illinois University.

"He wanted to play basketball and study. He was trying to get a scholarship there. We were trying to get a lot of schools to look at him," his mother, Melissa Robbins, said during an interview at her home.

Robbins is devastated as she tries to come to terms with what happened. She appreciated the support from friends and relatives in the form of phone calls, messages and prayers during such a difficult time.

"I don’t know how to make it without my son.I don’t understand why I’m burying my child because he wasn’t a problem child. Everybody was his friend," she added. "We miss my baby. I just want to know why it happened to him. Why him?"

Copyright 2017 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

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