Jalynd Rayford arrested in death of Areyelle Yarbrough

Jalynd Rayford, left inset, was arrested in the death of Areyelle Yarbrough. (Photos from the Birmingham Police Department)

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in the death of an innocent bystander killed in a shooting that also wounded five others — including a 5-year-old boy — at a park where hundreds of people were celebrating Easter in 2021 after a fight between two groups of males escalated.

Jalynd Rayford was arrested on Thursday by a U.S. Marshal’s Service task force on a warrant for murder in the death of Areyelle Yarbrough, 32, the Birmingham Police Department said in a news release. He was arrested at an apartment complex in Georgia.

Rayford was being held without bail at the Gwinnett County Jail awaiting extradition to Alabama, online jail booking records show. It was unclear Friday evening whether he had an attorney.

Yarbrough’s father, Michael Yarbrough, is relieved by the news of the arrest.

“Giving credit to God almighty for his timing,” he told Birmingham’s WVTM 13. “I am grateful that we have closure now and that the young man has been arrested, and we will watch the criminal system work and do its job.”

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