The article below said he died protecting his mother, my initial observation sees it differently. He died placing his mother in danger because of the past choices and affiliations he had. Yes he stood up with his arms outstretched past his mother which is noble but I want all who choose to live the street life to understand that you are placing your family in danger every time you choose to live up to negative vices and negative choices of the street life. young men, for the your family to rise, you must rise. For the family to rise you must rise. You must do your best so you can give your family a better life. You do not protect your family with violence or criminal activity. You place them in harms way. You protect your family by valuing your education, having strong morals, by choosing to model yourself after successful men and if you don’t have successful men in your life then I need you to start reading about successful men so you can pick up their traits. I need you to watch movies and videos on successful men so you can learn what it takes to be successful. Please read the article below at your pleasure.
Man gunned down in Smithfield died shielding his mother from bullets, family says
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Family members of a man gunned down on the front porch of his Smithfield home Wednesday night said he died protecting his mother.
Latrelle Hines, 23, and his mother, Annie Hines, were outside about 10 p.m. when two men walked up and opened fire, Annie Hines said.
She said she was standing up, and her son sitting down, when the gunfire started.
“He stood in front of her with his arms open and hid her behind him,” said Latrelle Hines’ aunt, Patricia Woods. “He took about five bullets to the chest and four to the side so that she could live. He gave his life so they wouldn’t shoot her.”
Annie Hines said that was typical of her only child. “He was a very giving person,” she said. “He would give you his last.”
Hines was taken to UAB Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m. Authorities said the suspect, or suspects, left in a dark or burgundy-colored car.
Hines was one of two people killed overnight in Birmingham, and among eight killed in the city since Friday. Marvin Waller, 22, died early today after he was shot in a similar manner outside his Jefferson Avenue home.
Police have not announced arrests in either case. “From our perspective these incidents are not random acts of violence,” said Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards. “The bad guy knew exactly who he was targeting.”
Court records show Hines was arrested in 2012 on a charge of receiving stolen property and in 2011 on a robbery charge, but neither arrest led to a conviction. In late August, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance after authorities say he was in possession of hydrocodone tables.
He was also one of three young men shot in March, just behind Hines’ Smithfield apartment. That shooting happened just after 5 p.m., and none of the injuries were life-threatening. A “person of interest” was taken into custody and questioned, but Hines’ family members said the shooter claimed it was an accident and was never charged.
Family members readily acknowledged Hines’ previous trouble.
“He had some issues but who doesn’t?” his aunt said. “He was the type of person that was like, ‘You hit me, I’m going to hit you back. But he wasn’t going to start the problem.”
Hines’ family said they heard last night’s shooting stemmed from a dispute between Hines and another man over jewelry that happened the previous night at a club, but said they don’t know that for sure.
Annie Hines said the shooting happened quickly and without warning. “I tried to see about him, to help him, but there was nothing I could do,” she said. She was not able to go to the hospital with her son because she had to stay on the scene and answer police questions.
She said her son grew up in Birmingham, attending Wilkerson Middle School and then Parker High School. “He was a nice, loving person,” she said. Asked what she wants people to remember about her son, she said, “His heart.”
Annie Hines said she has something to say to the person, or people, who took her only child. “Come forth, turn yourself in,” she said. “I feel sorry for someone who would try to hurt someone with their mother right there.”