EXCLUSIVE: Kendall Kirkland’s family speaks out after shooting leads to his death


Newville, Ala. (WDHN) — One Newville family received a call this weekend that no family ever wants to hear. Kendell Kirkland was shot on Saturday evening in Florida and now his family is having to cope with the pain of losing a son.

“Kendell was a good kid, he was like most young adults growing up he played football and basketball, and baseball while he was in high school,” said Kendell’s father, Joseph Kirkland.

Kendell Kirkland, 23, was at the Powerhouse Drag Strip on Saturday for a gathering with friends, when an altercation broke out and led to shots being fired.

“He just enjoyed himself he just enjoyed life. I guess he tried to get along with everybody I’ve never seen him argue with anybody or anybody having arguments with him,” Kirkland said.

When Kirkland received the call that his son had been shot, he drove straight to the hospital to see him. He says he stood outside of the emergency room all night until he was allowed to see his son at 8 in the morning.

“He was still in surgery then, because there was about 9 or 10 nurses and doctors in there still working on him, and they said that he had been losing blood all night long they had given him about 80 pints of blood then. He was alert, I spoke to him, he squeezed my hand and blinked his eyes for me and stuff, but it’s just something no parent should ever have to go through,” Kirkland shared.

The next time Kirkland was able to see his son was to say his goodbyes after he had passed away. As a deacon, Kirkland is relying on his faith for strength.

“I still got my faith, it’s like Job says, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, so I have to be strong for my family and live day to day, take it one day at a time,” Kirkland said.

This weekend the Kirkland family will have to deal with a task no parent should ever have to face- burying their child.

Services will be held this Saturday at 11 a.m. at Missionary Baptist Church in Newville, Ala. and will be open to the public.

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