Ramsay High School student found dead in-vehicle, Shelby Co. Sheriff’s Office investigates

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SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide investigation involving a 17-year-old found dead in a parked vehicle.

The incident happened 1:46 a.m. Sunday morning near the Sonesta Extended Stay Suites on Greenhill Parkway in Northern Shelby County. Deputies responded to a noise complaint, and after they arrived they found the victim, 17-year-old Stanley M. Turner II, deceased.

Investigators, along with the Shelby County Coroner’s Office responded at the scene.

Turner’s father, Stanley Turner Sr. released the following statement about the passing of his son:

“Words cannot adequately express the gratitude our family feels for the tremendous outpouring of love and support from this community. We are mourning the loss of, Stanley M. Turner, II, one of Birmingham’s shining stars who had a future with no bounds or limits for dreaming and achieving anything he wanted. At age 17, Stanley’s life was cut short much too soon by another act of senseless violence that has created as many questions as it has wounds in our hearts. And, tonight we are left clinging to the memories that made Stanley so well-liked and lovable by so many. As we prepare for one of the most difficult days of our lives, we hope you will respect our prayer for peace, which includes adequate time and space to remember and heal as a family. I pray that you will hold your children close tonight and that the face of violence is never this familiar to you.”

Stanley M. Turner and Family

Family members are remembering Stan for the kindness he extended to others, noting how well-liked he was by all. “Lil Stan did what you are supposed to do when God put you on this earth. That’s to love one another, forgive one another, and to always extend a helping hand,” said Harry “Traveling Shoes Preacher” Turner; cousins with Stanley Turner Jr.

The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about the circumstances leading to the death of Stanley M. Turner II, they are encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at 205-254-7777.

People can also submit a tip at the Metro Alabama Crimestoppers website by clicking here. Their identity will be anonymous and a reward is possible if the information provided could lead to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Birmingham City Schools has released the following statement on Turner’s passing:

Birmingham City Schools is deeply saddened to confirm Stanley Turner, a scholar at Ramsay High School, passed away over the weekend. The district crisis team is on-scene at Ramsay to provide support to students and staff members who may be in need. Our first concern is for the well-being of our students, and we will continue to provide students and families with information and resources to help navigate through this difficult time. Our hearts go out to the student’s family, friends, and school community during this tragic situation.

Birmingham City Schools

Ramsay High School brought in grief counselors for students. “We make sure that all of our resources to those students to provide them with the counseling that they may need at any given time,” said Cheri Gardner, the Birmingham City Schools Board of Education President.

The sheriff’s office shared the following on social media:

For Immediate Release – Homicide InvestigationOn October 20, 2019, at approximately 1:46 a.m., deputies responded to…

Posted by Shelby County Sheriff's Office on Monday, October 21, 2019

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