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.
"It was over a football game," said Shepherd. "I'm never going to forget it because she died in my arms."
Alabama suffered a 34-28 defeat to its archrival after Tigers defensive back Chris Davis returned a missed field goal more than 100 yards for a touchdown as time expired to seal the victory. The Crimson Tide dropped back to No. 4 in the BCS standings as a result of the loss, likely knocking them out of contention for a national championship three-peat.
Hoover police captain Jim Coker would not confirm to the AP whether or not his department believes the shooting was football-related. The investigation is ongoing, and Coker confirmed that Nekesa Shepherd's theory is just one of the things police are looking into.
When initially investigating the shooting, police chief Nick Derzis indicated that there was an argument between the two women that resulted in the murder, per Carol Robinson of AL.com. Briskey was officially charged on Monday, and is being held on $75,000 bond.
Alabama is one of the states that has authorized capital punishment. It is unknown whether prosecutors will push for a capital offense.
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