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Community marks two-year anniversary of Beatties Ford Road shooting that killed four

Police say 150 rounds were fired into a crowd of 400 people in the early-morning hours of June 22, 2020.
Wednesday marked two years since four people were killed and at least 10 others were hurt in a mass shooting in west Charlotte.
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 5:22 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Wednesday marked two years since four people were killed and at least 10 others were hurt in a mass shooting in west Charlotte.

Jamaa Cassell, Christopher Gleaton, Kelly Miller and Dairyon Stevenson died in the shooting after a block party on Beatties Ford Road. Police say 150 rounds were fired into a crowd of 400 people in the early-morning hours of June 22, 2020.

To remember the Beatties Ford Four, the community gathered on Beatties Ford Road. First, there was a prayer at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Then, the dozens of people marched from the church to the corner of Beatties Ford Road and Catherine Simmons Avenue.

“Tonight, it helps the healing process for the family and community,” said Mario Black, who organized the event.

Four people were killed when more than 150 rounds were fired into a large crowd on June 22, 2020.

No arrests have been made, but last week authorities announced the reward was increased to over $47,000 for any information.

Related: CMPD announces increased reward for information leading to arrest in Beatties Ford Road mass shooting

This hasn’t been easy for the families of the four people killed.

“All those bullets that was out there, you don’t have no fingerprints? You don’t have a partial fingerprint?” Michael House asked.

Last week, community members also unveiled a plaque commemorating the Beatties Ford Four.

“If you feel led to say something, just say something. Let us know because my parents as well as the other parents and family members are still grieving. We still want to know why? What was the reason? What was the cause for it? We would like to get some peace and mind from this whole situation,” said Daniella Sharpe, Kelly Miller’s sister.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the FBI Charlotte at (704) 672-6100 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

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