Alabama woman faces murder charges for allegedly killing another fan because she wasn't upset enough at Crimson Tide loss to Auburn

Adrian Laroze Briskey

Adrian Laroze Briskey

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of last weekend's Iron Bowl football game was angry that the victim and others didn't seem upset over the Crimson Tide's loss to archrival Auburn, said the sister of the slain woman.

Adrian Laroze Briskey, 28, was charged Monday with murder in the killing of 36-year-old Michelle Shepherd.

Hoover police Capt. Jim Coker said both Birmingham women were Alabama fans and at the same party for the annual game between intrastate rivals. With no time left on the clock, Auburn returned a missed Crimson Tide field goal more than 100 yards for a 34-28 victory, dashing any hopes of Alabama playing for a third straight national championship.

The victim's sister, Nekesa Shepherd, said she witnessed the killing and had no doubt it was about football, even though it was unclear to investigators whether the violence was motivated by the game.

"That's one of the things we are investigating," Coker said Monday.

Nekesa Shepherd said Briskey flew into a rage when she saw the sisters and others joking that the Crimson Tide's loss wasn't as bad as if the NBA's Miami Heat had lost a game.

"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.

Shepherd said she and her sister were invited to the party by a mutual friend who also invited Briskey. About two dozen people were on hand.

Shepherd, the mother of three, was shot to death in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover and the women did not know each other before the party, Coker said.

Court records were not available to show whether Briskey has a lawyer. She has only had a couple of speeding tickets in the past, records show.

Coker said alcohol might have been involved, but investigators are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to make a determination.

Shepherd said Briskey drank multiple shots of liquor 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."

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southernbelle79 writes:

I will bet money that alcohol was involved. In fact, I hope alcohol was involved because the thought that any human being, while stone cold sober, could shoot and kill another human being because the victim was insufficiently upset over the loss of a college football game is too uncivilized to entertain.

OrangePride writes:

Lucky this lady was not a Tennessee fan. We could have lost half the population of Knoxville by this time!

Snapshot writes:

That's how the bammers roll. No doubt that was a classy bunch of people at that party...what a moron.

gc_scvol writes:

Only in Alabubba

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

Only in Alabama do fans either poison trees or shoot someone when their team loses to Auburn. Those folks down there take losing serious. Old Nicky best not make another stupid call & lose to Auburn next year or his number may be called.

stevefromjasper writes:

There hasn't even been time for news to filter in from precincts in the remote rural areas of Alabama, where most of the people are Bama fans and many were lucky to graduate from high school. 99.9% of their self-esteem is determined by whether or not the Crimson Tide wins a football game. Sunday I ate twice at the Cracker Barrel in Marion County, TN - 5 miles from the Alabama state line - and I did not see one Alabama cap or T-shirt. Usually there are at least 20 in there. Thank you, Auburn!

threehundredbowler writes:

in response to southernbelle79:

I will bet money that alcohol was involved. In fact, I hope alcohol was involved because the thought that any human being, while stone cold sober, could shoot and kill another human being because the victim was insufficiently upset over the loss of a college football game is too uncivilized to entertain.

You are partly right. Look closely.Alcohol will not make you age that much in such a short time.Experience in law enforcement says it is more,much more.

bUTch__please writes:

So............Saturday evening met a first date at Applebee's to get to know each other and watch the TN game. That way if the date stunk the evening didn't get completely wasted.

Anyway....a couple dressed in all their AL finery was a couple tables over as everyone was watching their game with AU finish. After the rousing cheers for the great ending, the fellow got up from the table (big fellow too) and went to the head. Came back with his AL shirt swapped with the sweatshirt that was underneath so it was no longer visible.

Funny huh? TN fans will still wear the colors after all we've been through and Alabubbas can't handle one loss after 2 straight NC's and an 11 win season.

Proud to be a Vol.

threehundredbowler writes:

in response to bUTch__please:

So............Saturday evening met a first date at Applebee's to get to know each other and watch the TN game. That way if the date stunk the evening didn't get completely wasted.

Anyway....a couple dressed in all their AL finery was a couple tables over as everyone was watching their game with AU finish. After the rousing cheers for the great ending, the fellow got up from the table (big fellow too) and went to the head. Came back with his AL shirt swapped with the sweatshirt that was underneath so it was no longer visible.

Funny huh? TN fans will still wear the colors after all we've been through and Alabubbas can't handle one loss after 2 straight NC's and an 11 win season.

Proud to be a Vol.

Maybe it was the girl's evening that would have been wasted.

Final_Exam writes:

More people need more guns.

Theo writes:

in response to Final_Exam:

More people need more guns.

I know, right?

pingkr62 writes:

in response to Final_Exam:

More people need more guns.

Guns don't kill people, Bama fans kill people....Sorry, I know that was in very bad taste.

Volborn writes:

And they continue to prove Clay Travis right. Alabama is definitely the dumbest fan base in Merica.

fannotsheep writes:

We have a few too, and God knows Mississippi does. When it comes right down to it, you can find the shallow end of the gene pool all over the planet. But right now I guess the state of Alabama has a lot of bad press coming its way.

Sad that three children no longer have their mother because of such stupidity.

Being an outdoors lover I also hated that those beautiful big trees on Toomers Corner were destroyed. I think justice would have been served if they'd hanged the idiot from one of the limbs first.

Cause and effect? The bullet from the gun killed that poor lady, but it took decades -- and probably many generations -- of ignorance along with years of substance abuse to pull the trigger.

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