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Three suspects arrested in connection to drive-by fatal shooting

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The reality of losing Kenyatta Kendrick probably won't sink in until Saturday, the day the family buries the 6-year old.

"It won't sink in until we close the casket for the last time," said Shaneka Brown, Kenyatta's aunt.

"This was an innocent baby taken away," said Rita Kendrick.

In a strange twist of fate, Rita Kendrick is also still in shock. Rita is related to the Kendrick family. She is also the mother-in-law of Stalandus Slaughter, one of the three suspects charged with capital murder.

"I am in disbelief that something like this could happen," said Rita Kendrick.

Elmore County sheriff investigators tell WSFA 12 News two of the three suspects have confessed. The three are being held in separate cells in the Elmore County jail.

So far the motive still appears the three had some sort of feud going on with a 15-year old relative of the Kendrick family dating back in the summer.

Rita Kendrick admitted she simply doesn't know what to think.

"I don't know how I feel towards him right now, and I honestly don't know what the feud was about," she said.

Detectives say 18 rounds were fired from a high-powered rifle, some literally went through the house around 3 o' clock Monday morning.

One bullet struck Kenyatta in the back killing her while she slept. Kenyatta's uncle, 19-year old D.J. Kendrick was also shot, once in the left thigh and once in the left foot. He is expected to recover.

"It's unbelievable. We'll pray and get through this and stick together as a family," said Brown.

In all 5 people were inside the home when the shootings occurred and Kenyatta wasn't the youngest one. There was also a 4-month old baby boy inside, too.

Kenyatta's funeral is set for Saturday, January 8th at 2:30 PM at Mount Zion Central Church in Central, Alabama.

WSFA 12 News has learned the three men have their first court appearance Thursday morning. No bond on the capital murder charges and so far court records in Elmore County show they don't have an attorney.  In addition to being charged with capital murder, the suspects are also facing charges of first degree assault.

While Slaughter, Bernard Nix and Aaron McDowell prepare for their legal troubles, Shaneka Brown prepares to bury a little girl. To help with funeral costs a trust fund under Kenyatta's name has been established. If you'd like to donate simply visit any Wells Fargo bank branch and ask to donate to the Kenyatta Kendrick Trust Fund.

Meantime, the Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin and Chief Deputy Ricky Lowery credit several other law enforcement agencies for assisting in the investigation including the Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Office, ABI, Alex City police and Wetumpka police.

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