Iron Bowl Shooting: Mother of 3 Michelle Shepherd Shot Dead by Adrian Laroze Briskey After Alabama-Auburn Game
An Alabama woman has been arrested and charged with murder after she allegedly shot dead a mother of three over an intrastate college football rivalry on Saturday.
According to police, both women had watched the annual University of Alabama-Auburn University game, one of the great rivalries in college football, at the Summercase at Riverchase apartment complex when they got into an argument and went outside into a parking lot. Witnesses say Briskey shot Shepherd three times with a small caliber handgun.
The victim’s sister, Neketa Shepherd, told Alabama.com that she put pressure on gunshot wounds to her chest, stomach and side.
“My sister took her last breath in my arms,” Shepherd, 31, said. “I heard her take her last breath and I knew she was gone.”
Shepherd was reportedly a lukewarm Alabama fan. But according to her sister, she was an even bigger Miami Heat fan and it was only after she and Michelle mentioned the back-to-back NBA champions that the trouble began.
“I was saying I wasn’t even mad (about Alabama’s loss). Like when the Heat lost in game four, I was sick to my stomach,” Shepherd said. “[Briskey] started cursing. Her friends say she always did that when she got drunk and they took her outside.”
Shepherd was the mother of three young children, ages 10, 8 and 5. Her sister said that as much as she loved them, she also devoted her life to helping others. Both sisters worked for the Dannon Project, where Michelle was a senior case manager for at-risk youth and young parents.
“She was a great organizer, extremely smart, very supportive,” Dannon Project executive director Kerri Pruitt told Alabama.com.
“We are at a huge loss and scrambling to keep moving forward… more than anything, she would have wanted that,” Pruitt added. “She loved, loved, loved her kids and her sister more than life itself. She would do anything for them. This world lost a great innovator for the youth in this community.”
“We all feel like we lost our world,” Neketa Shepherd told Alabama.com. “I want her legacy to live on. And I want justice.”
Briskey is being held in the Shelby County Jail on $75,000 bond.