From staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — An 11th grade student at Clay-Chalkville High School was the victim of a homicide early Friday morning according to Birmingham police. The department said officers responded to St. Vincent’s East hospital just after midnight Friday where they found 16-year-old Raven White suffering from a gunshot wound. White was pregnant.
In a press conference today. Birmingham police lieutenant Sean Edwards said the suspect was a “cold blooded killer.”
The department’s investigation revealed the victim, along with her boyfriend, were sitting in their car eating pizza at the Panorama East Apartments when an unknown black male approached them and demanded money. In the course of the robbery, the victim was shot.
According to Edwards, the unborn child did not survive.
“”She was somebody’s daughter, somebody’s grandchild, and somebody’s mother.’ Edwards said.
The suspect is a black male who wearing a blue bandanna and ran from the scent. The suspect got into a dark colored vehicle and fled the scene according to witnesses. The victim was driven to the hospital by her boyfriend.
“This case is our highest priority and we need the community’s help in putting this cold-blooded killer behind bars”, says Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper.
Students and faculty members at CCHS, where White was popular and a outstanding student, were shaken by the news of her death.
“Raven was the kind of kid that’s the reason that I do what I do,” Clay-Chalkville principal Michael Lee said. “Just a sweet, kind, loving, young lady. She was such a good girl, the kind of kid every parent wants have.”
Lee said White was a very good student with a 3.4 GPA.
“She worked hard in the classroom. She never said anything bad about anyone,” Lee said. “She loved everybody and this is just a big loss. A loss we’re going to feel for a long time.”.
White’s friends and fellow students from Clay-Chalkville took to social media to express their grief.
Praying for the Family and Friends of Raven White! Lord send your peace and strength! This asinine violence needs to stop! Praying for CCHS!
— Christian Crawford (@CGR_Crawford) January 8, 2016
Rip to Raven White & her unborn child. These people so twisted and cold in this world.
— Re(NaeNae) ? (@__be_youtiful) January 8, 2016
R.i.p Raven White A Friend , and class mate prayers goes out to her family and Clay Chalkville Class Of 2O17 you will be truly missed
— O2\1O (@ErionnaGee) January 8, 2016
I just saw you Raven rest up baby girl rip Raven white
— cutie (@__PrettyTHING) January 8, 2016
Still can’t believe what I just heard R.I.P. Raven White
— Luh Chris (@ayeee_chris_) January 8, 2016
Praying for the friends and family of Raven White!
— jon-elyn murphree (@je_murph) January 8, 2016
I feel so bad for the young lady Raven white who was shot. I will pray for her family & she was pregnant bham is ruthless
— Gorgeous Lala ?? (@IAm_YourHeiness) January 8, 2016
R.I.P Raven White
— #GloMan (@Money11Cash) January 8, 2016