By Michael Stewart / Executive Editor
The Meridian Star
Meridian resident Terrianda Collins was standing outside a house in the 2100 block of 15th Avenue at 10:18 p.m. Saturday when he was shot and killed, according to a press release issued by the Meridian Police Department.
According to the press release, Collins "had been shot multiple times and was observed laying on the ground."
Collins was transported to Rush Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobbler said Collins' body was transported to Jackson for an autopsy.
"They killed my baby," Collins' grandmother, Marie Collins, said. "They shot him down like he was an animal. They didn't have to do that.
"He was a good boy. He was only 21 years old and had his whole life in front of him."
Sunday afternoon friends and family were gathered outside the home where the shooting took place. Family members believe there was more than one person involved in the shooting.
Marie Collins said her grandson tried to take refuge behind a black Dodge Neon when his attackers began firing at him.
The car was riddled with more than a dozen bullet holes, with two tires and the back window blown out from the gunfire.
Marie Collins said she had just left the residence to go to the store when a family member called her and told her that her grandson had been shot.
Family members blamed the shooting on gang activity in the community.
"I'm tired of it," Marie Collins said. "They know there are gang members here in Meridian but they pretend they don't exist."
Terrianda Collins' aunt, Thelma Sumrall, agreed.
"They don't care because it is black killing black," Sumrall said. "What I want to know is where are these teenagers getting the guns?"
It is the third fatal shooting in Meridian in three months. On Aug. 21 Jaddarian Jimerson, 23, was gunned down execution style in the 2900 block of 10th Avenue while walking home from work. Randarious Smith, 21, was shot and killed Sept. 17.
There have been other shootings in the city recently that were not fatal, as well as incidents where shots were fired into unoccupied cars and homes.
Meridian resident Nathaniel Pringle said his wife's car was shot up Nov. 4 while parked in the 2000 block 18th Avenue. No one was hurt in that incident.
"It's sad and it is getting sadder," Pringle said of the violence.
Meridian resident William Gathright agreed.
"Somehow we have got to stop it," Gathright said. "It doesn't matter if they are black or white, we need to figure out how to stop this violence among young kids.
"It needs to start with the parents."
Anyone having any information about the shooting is asked to call the Meridian Police Department at 601 485-1893, Crime Stoppers at 601-485-1860, or 911.