Family Speaks Out About 20-Year-Old Shooting Victim

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 9/23/2012 11:58 am
What is raised higher than this "stop the violence" sign is the voice of this Brainerd community.

Community members say, "Pull in the lot right there and pray with us, stop the violence, that's what we're here for."

Less than 24 hours ago, family members tell us their Quincy Bell, 20, was shot and killed on Shallowford Road.

Charnessa Cummings, Bell's sister, adds, "My Mama came in there and asked where's my son.  They said he was deceased, and I just lost it when they said that."

It is news no police officer wants to deliver, and news no family wants to hear.

Cummings adds, "We're supposed to be the future, and everybody is killing each other. My brother is 20 years old, didn't even make it to 21."

Bell also has two young children.

Police believe he was shot on the 3800 block of Shallowford Road.

We are told he then tired to drive himself to a nearby gas station.

He made it, but crashed into a light pole, and took his last breath.

Nathan Hartwig, with the Chattanooga Police Department, says, "It's still too early in the investigation to find out what happened, but we're trying to put all those pieces together."

That is why you saw the crime scene unit out here.

They were photographing and investigating two separate areas, as well as lookig for the person who pulled the trigger.

Cummings says, "I don't know who did it, I don't really know why they did it, but they didn't have to shoot him."

Family members tell us Bell was in the streets at times, and may not have been well liked there, but was loved by his family.

You can see the pain on his mothers face and the tears in his sisters eyes.

Cummings adds, "People nowadays just don't care, they don't care."

To change that, well, community members say they believe in prayer.

One community member adds, "But I believe that prayer is action.  It's action, it's motivation, it's doing something."

Another resident says, "We're going to try and save our young folk."

They tell us they will do that by coming together more often, not just when officers deliver the news that their loved one has passed away.

Another community member adds, "It's a shame these kind of things bring us together, we need to be together before these things happen."

Police do not have any suspect information to release at this time.

If you have any tips, call Chattanooga Police.
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