Friends remember Windsor Street homicide victim

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Friends are remembering a homicide victim, after Chattanooga Police released new details in his death.

Crime tape wrapped around this East 3rd Street gas station last Saturday. Now Police say the victim in this case, Areeyon Lane, is a suspect in the death of Teunte Rice, which happened the night before on Windsor Street.

Police say ballistics tests show the gun that killed Rice, was the same one Lane had with him, when he was killed.

Rice’s friends remember him as a kind person.

“If you was sad or you was mad he would find some way to brighten your day up. He was fun to be around. He was only 18, or whatever. He had just graduated high school. So he was still just a baby,” Dexter Barnes said.

“He was a joyful person, he was silly, kind,” Ah’toria Ragsdale said.

Friends were shocked when they found out what happened.

“I couldn’t believe it. I thought they were playing when they told me about the situation. A lot went through my head when they told me he was brain dead. A lot of tears shed. I’ve just thought about it everyday,” Ragsdale said.

When Ragsdale learned the suspect in Rice’s death was killed the next, she had one reaction.

“It was karma. It was karma. He killed an innocent person. Teunte was innocent. He didn’t do nothing to nobody,” Ragsdale said.

Friends hope something like this doesn’t happen again.

“Everyone should stop the violence, the gun violence. Everyone should get along and come together,” Barnes said.

He’ll remember Rice as someone who just liked to have fun.

“He was just a dancing type of person. It don’t matter where it was. He just started dancing,” Barnes said.

Rice’s funeral will be on Monday at the John P. Franklin Funeral Home.

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