A woman was killed after Alabama’s loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Saturday because she wasn’t upset enough about the Crimson Tide’s defeat, one witness says.
Michelle Shepherd, 36, was murdered on Saturday at an Iron Bowl viewing party, and 28-year-old Adrian Laroze Briskey has been charged in the killing. Shepherd’s sister said she witnessed the killing and has no doubt it was about the game, according to The Associated Press.
Nekesa Sheperd says Briskey became enraged when the sisters joked that the Alabama loss wasn’t as bad as the Miami Heat losing.
“She said we weren’t real Alabama fans because it didn’t bother us that they lost. And then she started shooting,” Shepherd told The Associated Press.
The AP reports that Shepherd said Briskey drank multiple shots of alcohol during the game and “went crazy” when she heard people joking after ‘Bama lost.
“It was over a football game,” said Shepherd. “I’m never going to forget it because she died in my arms.”
Friends told My Fox Alabama that Michelle Sheperd was a neutral fan when it came to the Iron Bowl, but was an avid Miami Heat fan. She was shot three times and died. A murder warrant was issued for Briskey, whose bond was set at $75,000. She was moved from a city to county jail.
The Sheperds were invited to the Hoover party and attended with about two dozen others. They did not know Briskey prior to the evening.
Sheperd leaves behind three young children.
This is obviously a sickening and disturbing story but, unfortunately, it’s not too surprising. This is the same fanbase that has produced the likes of Toomer’s Corner tree poisoner Harvey Updyke, so nothing seems out of the ordinary now. But this is a horrific story and we feel terribly for Sheperd and her family, and we hope that Briskey is brought to justice.
Here is WBRC’s report on the subject: