Death – Young man shot and killed at Ensley grocery store on Christmas night

Death – Obituary

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – The Birmingham Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation after a young man was shot and killed Christmas night.

Police say at approximately 11:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to 40th Street Grocery Convenience Store at 1200 40th Street Ensley on report of a person shot. The Birmingham 911 Communications Division also received multiple ShotSpotter alerts from the area on reports of numerous shots fired. Officers arrived on the scene to find a man lying unresponsive near the entrance of the business, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue personnel arrived on the scene and pronounced the victim deceased. The victim has been identified as Donvan Mykal Cash, 22, of Birmingham, Alabama.

Police say the preliminary investigation suggests an unknown suspect(s) was firing shots in the area and one of the rounds is believed to have struck the victim.

It is unknown at this time if the victim was the intended target. Currently, there is no one in custody.


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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.