|Birth: ||Feb. 6, 1976|
|Death: ||May 18, 2001|
Services for shooting victim Adrianne Nicole Shakespeare Radford, 25, will be at the Cedar Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Leavell officiating.
Burial will be in Cave Spring Cemetery.
Gamble Funeral is in charge of arrangements.
She died late Friday, May 18, 2001, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn, where she was taken for treatment after she and Mary Anne Turner were fatally shot during a rival service at the Greater Missionary Baptist Church.
A native of Fort Campbell, Ky, she was born Feb. 6, 1976, the daughter of Errol A. Shakespeare, Jamacia, West Indies, and Stephanie Shipp Sakespeare, Tampa Fla.
She was employed at Johnson Control, Cadiz, and a member of the Greater Oak Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, survivors include a son, Fredrick Radford II, Hopkinsville; two brothers, Michael and Martin Shakespeare, Jamaica; a sister, Samenthia Shakespeare, Jamaica; maternal grandparents, Ardenia and James Braxton and Nelson and Beverly Shipp, both of Hopkinsville and paternal grandparents Wilbert and Ena Shakespeare, Jamaica.
-Night of terror, night of heroism-
A church no less. A CHURCH.
Late Friday night, a distraught gunman entered the Greater Oak Missionary Church, shot his estranged wife, Adrianne Nicole Radford, while holding their 2-year-old son, and killed a true heroine, Mary Anne Turner, who tried to intervene and paid for her selfless courage with her life.
The wife died later that night during lifesaving efforts in Nashville, Tenn. The gunmans suicide attempt failing, he fled with the child, only to suurender after an armed standoff with Police Chief Kenny Over.
He surrendered only after it was agreed that his son could ride with him in the police car.
What was saved? What was proven? Who won? Who lost?
Of course, there are no answers to those questions, only more questions whose answers will elude us.
Anyone who scoffs at the dangers of domestic violence need only to review the transcripts of Friday night's incident to gain new insight into this national tragedy on a very personal level. And the victims were more than Adrianne and Mary Anne, though we mourn their loss as the most irreplaceable. There's now a child left motherless and likely fatherless. There's a shocked, grieving congregation who can never look at their sanctuary the same way. There's a neighborhood, a community, a nation and a world darker today for the loss of Adrianne and Mary Anne. Throw out all the profiles we've heard on how and where domestic violence is suppose to flare up. The only common factor Friday night was the scourage of the over available hand-gun, in this case a 9mm automatic earlier reported stolen. If only these situations were more neatly packaged and we could see them developing in advance. If only we could heed the oh-so-subtle warnings; if only we could peer into the minds of those distraught over a floundering relations. If only we could keep weapons from those who need them least.
If only we truly had respect for one another.
"She begged him not to shoot her, she started scooting away from him and said, "Ok Freddy, Ok Freddy, please Freddy, please Freddy, Oh Jesus, and he got closer and gave her the final shot."
-Fredrick Radford...an out-of-town preacher who is charged with fatally shooting his estrange wife and another woman during a church revival here Friday night, has pleaded innocent to murder charges in Christian District Court. Radford, 35, was arraigned Monday afternoon, through close-circuit television from the county jail. Judge Peter McDonald, presiding in the video arraignment, entered a not-guilty plea on Radford's behalf and scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for Friday at 9 a.m. Radford remains lodged at the jail without bond.
According to police reports, Radford entered the Greater Oak Missionary Baptist Church on Kirkpatrick Street Friday night during a revival and fatally shot Adrianne Nicole Radford, 25, and Mary Anne Turner, 47. He was holding the couples two-year-old, throughout the incident, which eventually led to a 15 minute stand-off with Police Chief Kenny Over at the intersection of Aspen and Evergreen Park Drives.
Adrianne Radford died early Saturday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., of a gunshot wound to the left side of her face. Turner was pronounced dead at Jennie Stuart Medical Center Friday night. The alleged gunman... an associate minister at the Wesley Chapel CME Church in Madisonville... is charged with two counts of murder, several counts of felony wanton endangerment, and single counts of fleeing or evading, violation of a domestic violence order and possession of a stolen firearm. He could face the death penalty if indicted and convicted on the murder charges during a trail. Adrianne Radford was apparently seeking a divorce from her husband, who became upset over her reported plans to move to Flordia with the toddler. According to court records, Radford threatened his wife more than two months ago. She initiated the filing of a domestic violence order against Fredrick Radford on March, 15, officals said.
About 75 people were in the church when the two women were shot. The child is in the custody of relatives.
**October 28, 2002**
Fredrick Radford pleaded quilty to two counts of murder and single counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, violating an emergency protevtive order He entered an Alford plea to two charges.. fleeing or evading police and receiving a stolen firearm.
Radford was sentenced to 125 years in prison. He will be eligible to go before the state parole board after 20 years behind bars.
**A change in Kentucky law has allowed for that to happen. Can you believe that? **
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