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Ala. Woman Is Fatally Shot in Home, 18 Months After Brother Was Killed Just Outside Same House

Tamekia Tana Fluker, 40, was shot “at least once,” say police, who have not apprehended her killer

<p>Nartavius Fluker-Smith/Facebook, WVTM 13 News/YouTube, Tamekia Fluker/Facebook</p> Nartavius Cortez Fluker-Smith (L) and Tamekia Tana Fluker (R), with the small town Ala. home where they were both murdered less than two years apart (C).

Nartavius Fluker-Smith/Facebook, WVTM 13 News/YouTube, Tamekia Fluker/Facebook

Nartavius Cortez Fluker-Smith (L) and Tamekia Tana Fluker (R), with the small town Ala. home where they were both murdered less than two years apart (C).

A 40-year-old Ala. woman was fatally shot in broad daylight inside her home — just a year and a half after her brother was shot dead in his car, parked outside the same house.

Investigators, responding to the Sylacauga, Ala. residence, believe that “several rounds were shot from the street” at around 4 p.m. Monday, Chief of Police Kelley B. Johnson said in a press release later that day.

Tamekia Tana Fluker was struck “at least once” inside her home at 306 S. Main Avenue, Johnson said, adding: “Investigators don’t believe that Ms. Fluker was the intended target of this heinous killing.”

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Sylacauga, Ala. is about 20 square miles, with a population of 12,278 people as of the 2022 census. The Fluker family now has the tragic distinction of registering the first homicide in the town twice in three years.

<p>Tamekia Fluker/Facebook</p> Tamekia Tana Fluker

Tamekia Fluker/Facebook

Tamekia Tana Fluker

The chief confirmed that Tamekia’s killing is the second killing to occur “at or near this residence involving a member of the Fluker family,” and identified the previous homicide victim as Tamekia’s brother.

On July 1, 2022, Nartavius Cortez Fluker-Smith, 22, was sitting in a 2011 Ford Fusion outside the same home where he then lived when someone “began firing at him inside of the vehicle,” per a Sylacauga Police Department press release at the time.

<p>WVTM 13 News/YouTube</p> 306 S. Main Avenue, the home where both Tamekia Tana Fluker and her brother, Nartavius Cortez Fluker-Smith, were shot dead less than two years apart.

WVTM 13 News/YouTube

306 S. Main Avenue, the home where both Tamekia Tana Fluker and her brother, Nartavius Cortez Fluker-Smith, were shot dead less than two years apart.

Nartavius – known as “Nart” to his friends – was driven in the shot-up vehicle to the emergency room, with “multiple gunshot wounds,” per police. He died at the hospital the next day, according to his obituary.

Pictured in his obituary in what was apparently his high school graduation portrait – black suit over white-collared shirt with a bowtie – Nart graduated from Sylacauga High School in 2017, and, after some college, went on to find a job in town at Velcon Filters, a filter manufacturing plant, per his obituary. On Sundays he attended Shiloh Baptist Church.

<p>Nartavius Fluker-Smith/Facebook, Tamekia Fluker/Facebook</p> Nartavius Cortez Fluker-Smith (L) was shot dead outside the Sylacauga, Ala. home in 2022. Less than two years later, his sister, Tamekia Tana Fluker (R) was fatally shot in the home Feb. 26.

Nartavius Fluker-Smith/Facebook, Tamekia Fluker/Facebook

Nartavius Cortez Fluker-Smith (L) was shot dead outside the Sylacauga, Ala. home in 2022. Less than two years later, his sister, Tamekia Tana Fluker (R) was fatally shot in the home Feb. 26.

Later that July 2022 week, police arrested Sheridan Rashon Clark, 19, at an apartment complex in Talladega, Ala., in connection with Nart’s death.

Charged with capital murder, Clark is behind bars – without bond – at Talladega County Jail, awaiting trial, the chief said in the Monday press release. If convicted, Clark could be placed on death row.

<p>Sylacauga Police Department</p> Sheridan Rashon Clark

Sylacauga Police Department

Sheridan Rashon Clark

On the Sylacauga Police Department’s Facebook this week, residents of the town expressed concern over the shooting. One woman posted that her child’s daycare was close by and “our babies were out on the playground” at the time of the afternoon shooting. “It has to stop," she wrote.

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Investigators have identified “persons of interest” in Tamekia’s killing, Johnson said in an email to PEOPLE Wednesday morning.

The names of those people have not yet been released and no arrests have been made.

“Sylacauga Police Department wants to extend its deepest sympathies to the Fluker family,” Johnson said in Monday’s press release. “And we want to let the family and the community know that we will continue to work tirelessly to locate those responsible for her death."

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