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Teen Brothers Arrested In Connection With Deadly Alabama 'Sweet 16' Birthday Party Shootings

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Apr. 19 2023, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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Two teenage brothers were under arrest Wednesday for a deadly shooting spree at an east Alabama birthday party, according to authorities.

the suspects as Ty Reik McCullough, 17, and Travis McCullough, 16. Both are from Tuskegee, about 40 miles south of the murder scene in Dadeville.

Both brothers were arrested Tuesday night on four counts of reckless murder, Sgt. Jeremy Burkett with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency told a morning news conference. They will be charged as adults.

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Tallapoosa County District Attorney Mike Segrist expects additional charges will be filed, since 28 other people were wounded Saturday night during a “Sweet 16” party. Four of them remain in critical condition at hospitals.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Segrist said.

He noted both suspects will have a bond hearing within 72 hours. Then their case will go before a grand jury.

But authorities are saying little more, in keeping with their overall handling of the killings since Saturday night.

“I know there has been a frustration... about a lack of communication provided,” Segrist admitted.

“This is the very beginning, and we have one chance to get this right,’’ Dadeville Police Chief Jonathan Floyd added.

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“We’re going to be careful with everything we say and everything we do,” Burkett said. “We’re going to stay focused on the victims and their families,”

Burkett would not reveal even where the brothers were arrested. As Front Page Detectives reported earlier this week, a $5,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest.

Instead, Burkett appealed again for witnesses to the shootings to come forward.


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“We need you to come forward for these families. For these victims,” Burkett said.

The victims who died are identified as Marsiah Collins, 19, Phil Dowdell, 18, Colbin Holston, 23 and Nicole Smith, 17. Dowdell's sister was the honoree at the party.

A GoFundMe account for “love offerings” set up by Dowdell's mother had nearly $13,000 in contributions Wednesday afternoon.

A separate account for Smith's family was above $6,000 in donations.


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