Al Tarrek Bell Wiki – Al Tarrek Bell Bio
Al Tarrek Bell was a North Carolina teen, who ‘died a hero’ shielding boy from the barrage of bullets, family says.
Close to graduating from high school, Bell had dreams of becoming a model in Chicago or Los Angeles’s bustling metropolis.
According to his mother, the North Carolina boy, whose loves included music and his flowing dreadlocks, also made promises to protect a 10-year-old relative. The pair were “inseparable,” according to family members.
He was 18 years old.
Al Tarrek Bell Killed
On March 27 in Edgewater Park, New Jersey, the Skinnersville native made true of his promise.
“Thank God my son was there to protect the little boy in the back seat,” Bell’s mother, Izetta Howell, said in an interview this week with WABC, recalling the events that led to her son’s death.
Bell was in the backseat of a vehicle hit with a barrage of gunfire just after midnight outside an apartment complex in the small New Jersey town near Philadelphia, police said. Bell and the driver, 25-year-old Sadiel Gonzalez, were both killed, according to police.
Police said two people survived the shooting. One of them was the 10-year-old boy sitting beside Bell, the boy’s mother wrote in a Facebook post.
“He shield(ed) my son, and made sure he was safe. I will never ever, forget you!!” Jacqueline Santiago wrote. “We will keep your name alive. You always said to me you got him. She said: You will always protect him and you (kept) your word. You did exactly that, you gave your life to save his. You are your brother’s keeper.”
Bell was in New Jersey visiting his girlfriend’s family, WABC reported.
The motive of the shooting is unclear. No arrests have been made, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
Howell described her son, weeks away from celebrating his 19th birthday, as witty and a comedian of sorts, she told the Courier-Post. He rapped, sang, played the drums, and recently began writing and recording his music, she told the newspaper.
“He was about to do major things,” Howell said.
A school counselor described Bell as a “good kid” who was “never disrespectful.” Another loved one said, “The good die young.”