EXCLUSIVE: “Something got out of hand” shooting victim’s family speaks out

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - After a car crashing into a home turned into a shooting investigation Wednesday night, one woman was arrested.

The next day, the family of Tamika Ragland was at a funeral home trying to figure out what's next.

"We're going to see her everyday," sobbed her sister-in-law Kesia Robinson. The family is distraught that the 34-year-old mother of two passed away in their childhood neighborhood.

"I think something happened that got out of hand. She's not someone to have altercations," explained Robinson.

Ragland leaves behind two daughters, who are both honor roll students. Robinson says the woman was dedicated to her children, and had enrolled herself in business administration classes at Drake Technical College last fall to better provide for her girls.

The family set up the Tamika Ragland Memorial Fund at Redstone Federal Credit Union to help with funeral costs.

"Anything left over after the funeral expenses have been paid will go directly to the kids," she said.

But more than anything, the family is asking for prayers for the family of the woman that they say was loved by so many.

"She was always smiling," said Robinson as she wiped a tear. "She just had the prettiest smile that will always leave a mark on all of us."

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