An Arkansas teenager died Saturday and one man is under arrest for her death. Adrian Broadway was shot and killed over a prank that went terribly wrong. The 15-year-old teen was in car with friends, who all had just egged another vehicle in retaliation from a Halloween prank. Shots rang out in the Little Rock neighborhood and a bullet struck the girl in the head, killing her. Willie Noble, 48, the alleged shooter, faces first degree murder charges, citing a Feb. 18 CNN report.
Broadway was in a car with about six other friends when they stopped at the home of another fellow McClellan High friend to give him a taste of his own medicine. Allegedly, the shooter's son played a prank on the group in October of last year.
Adrian and her friends allegedly doused the man's car with eggs, mayonnaise, leaves and toilet paper. But when they were departing the scene in a hurry, Noble fired shots into the Hyundai, one of which struck the girl in her head. There are unconfirmed reports that two other occupants sustained very minor injuries, were treated, and released from a hospital.
A "R.I.P Adrian Deejayee Broadway" Facebook page was set up after the teen died from the prank over the weekend. Already, it has over a thousand "Likes."
Most of the comments were condolences and focused on the Arkansas teenager's life that ended "too soon."
I can't stop crying looking at your beautiful picture as I read your story, I don't know you but I'm so sorry this happened to you. May you rest in heavens peace, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. RIP baby girl!!" ~ Jennifer Lee Bush.
However, one comment in particular barked of a negative tone that suggested Broadway is somehow responsible for her own death and the shooter was the victim. It read:
If this vandal's death will keep any of you people from committing further acts of random vandalism, assault, and violence then it is a blessing. I hope Mr. Noble is exonerated of all charges. He was simply protecting himself and his property. The vandal's "parents" should be ashamed of themselves. AND they owe Mr. Noble restitution." ~ Jim Steele.
Still, another person pointed to the mindset of the man under arrest, given the context of the prank, which was followed up by another person who hinted at what possibly lies ahead in the criminal case against Noble.
Two families destroyed...... over what? A prank gone wrong..... when do we as parents start to invest in our children?... they have no after school activities and get into this...... U have a man protecting his home. Did he know they were children in the car? ~ Trinity Riches.
Response from Josh A Burke:
You have the best point made yet, did he know who was in the car & their intentions? If in court its declared he didn't know it was a prank & it’s no longer murder. Sad all the way around but if you didn't start it, there wouldn't be nothing...& I’m not talking about some prank his SON did year/s earlier."
While a family mourns the loss of their beloved, another family has to prepare for the possibility that their loved one may spend many years behind bars.
Now, it's up to the legal system to determine if the man had a right to protect his property and if he thought his life and that of his family were in danger from assailants. Arguably, this case will challenge a jury to balance emotions with facts.
"They was trying to be teenagers. As you know teenagers make mistakes, and this was one of those mistakes," said Broadway's friend, Laguyia Bland.
Rest in peace little angel.
More to come in the teen killed over prank story.