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Warrant issued for woman who allegedly shot Whitehaven community leader Yvonne Nelson

Yvonne D. Nelson accepted an award in April from the Greater Whitehaven Economic Redevelopment Corporation

The woman originally believed to be a person of interest in the murder of Whitehaven activist and community leader Yvonne Nelson now has a warrant for her arrest.

According to court records, the warrant is for Tifanee Wright, 33, who would be charged with second-degree murder. In a Facebook update, the Memphis Police Department identified Wright saying, “The shooting stems from an argument over money between the victim and Wright.”

In the same article, MPD claimed that Nelson’s death did not occur in a carjacking, as some community members theorized on social media after his murder.

Court records show Wright has never been charged with a crime before, appearing in the court system for traffic violations and driving with a suspended or revoked license, the latter of which are misdemeanors.

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Wright’s arrest warrant appeared in the court system on Tuesday, and she had not been arrested by Friday.

The shooting, which took place in Raleigh last Saturday night, prompted faith leaders to ask local officials to be transparent about what they are doing to tackle crime, citing Nelson’s death, as well as the recent death of the Reverend Autura Eason-Williams, another Whitehaven community leader, as examples of the large-scale violence that can be had.

Nelson spent much of his life working with community organizations, seeing the biggest issues facing Memphians like scourge, illegal dumping, voting rights and businesses not meeting the needs of the community. .

Employed by The Commercial Appeal for five years, Nelson worked as the research and community editor of the newspaper’s Whitehaven Appeal section before turning to activism and working with nonprofits including the Lupus Foundation, the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South, United States. Census Bureau, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy, Memphis City Beautiful Commission, and Memphis Public Libraries.

She also founded the Developmental Intervention Model for Assessing Neighborhood Systems (DI’MANS) which aimed to provide behavioral and economic resources to youth.

Lucas Finton is a journalist at The Commercial Appeal. He can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @LucasFinton.

This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: MPD search continues for woman accused of shooting Yvonne Nelson