BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham police say they hope to know more about who killed Quintrell Alexander and Trinetta Pendleton later this week. The two were found shot to death in a burning home in the 700 block of 17th Street in Ensley.
Police say they do have good leads in the case, and they believe the victims were targeted.
“We do think that the individual that’s responsible knew both those individuals,” said Lt. Sean Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department. “We don’t know what led up to it. We don’t know all the details why this took place, and those are some of the questions the investigators are really trying to figure out at this time.”
Birmingham Fire Rescue initially responded to a house fire at the home. A neighbor saw smoke and flames coming from the residence and called authorities. Responding firefighters found Quintrell Alexander.
“[Firefighters] brought him outside in an attempt to try to save him, and that’s when they determined that he was also suffering from a gunshot wound,” said Edwards.
During a second search, they found Trinetta Pendleton. Police believe the person who set the fire was trying to destroy evidence.
“We’re thankful that someone saw the smoke at an early stage of the fire so the place wasn’t damaged too bad,” Edwards said.
Residents in the area said the two were good neighbors. They were mostly quiet and kept to themselves.
But Chiquetta Jackson said she knew another side of them as well.
“[They would] it on the porch, they’d be acting crazy with me like ‘D, what you doing?’ I said ‘Nothing.’ I said ‘Shoot, y’all playing some music. I’m going to sit on the porch and listen to the music with y’all.’ That’s what we would do. Listen to the music,” said Jackson.
She said she had known Quintrell for about two years. She called him Trell.
“I had to come over here and see it myself. And I still can’t believe it. It hurts my heart right now,” said Jackson.