Nekesa Shepherd, the sister of a female Alabama fan who was murdered following the Crimson Tide's loss in Saturday's Iron Bowl, claims the impetus for the attack was rooted in the result of the game.
Shepherd told Jay Reeves of The Associated Press on Monday that Adrian Laroze Briskey, 28, attacked Michelle Shepherd, 36, when she thought the two sisters weren't taking Alabama's loss seriously enough.
Briskey, enraged that Michelle and Nekesa were joking about the loss, then grabbed a gun and began firing in the parking lot of the Hoover, Ala., apartment complex where they were watching the game.
"She said we weren't real Alabama fans because it didn't bother us that they lost. And then she started shooting," Shepherd said.
Michelle Shepherd was struck by the gunshots and died in the parking lot. Nekesa Shepherd claims that the parties had never met each other before Saturday afternoon and were attending a game-day gathering of a mutual friend. She also claims that Briskey, who has been charged with murder by the Hoover Police Department, was inebriated and that there was no other inciting incident.
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