Football fans watched on shock on Saturday evening as Auburn Tigers player Chris Davis scored a last-second touchdown in the final seconds of the annual Iron Bowl game against the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide football team. Alabama fans were left distraught and totally stunned by the unexpected play, as they were sure that UA had this game in the bag. Unfortunately this shocking loss has drastically impacted the lives of two Alabama fans forever. According to AL.com, Michelle Shepherd was shot in cold blood by an irate Alabama fan during an Iron Bowl viewing party.
Though details surrounding the incident are still a bit scarce, the victim’s sister, 31-year-old Neketa, said things got out of hand after her sister joked that Alabama’s loss wasn’t as bad as game four of the 2011 NBA finals. An intoxicated female partygoer, who didn’t agree with Michelle’s statement, confronted her about it.
“I was saying I wasn’t even mad (about the loss). Like when The Heat lost in game four, I was sick to my stomach,. She (the suspect) started cursing. Her friends said she always did that when she got drunk and they took her outside,” said Neketa.
After the game ended, Neketa says she and Michelle decided to head home, but they were met by the angry woman in the parking lot.
“She was saying she was going to beat us up. Somebody was saying, ‘they don’t care about Alabama.”’
Neketa says they got in their car to leave, but were unable to move the vehicle because of people standing around in the parking lot. Michelle then got out of the car to ask the people to step aside so that they could pull out, which is when Neketa says she heard gunshots.
“She just started shooting. I heard five shots. She was like 10 feet away. My sister never touched her, and she never touched my sister. They never had words.”
Neketa held her sister and tried to stop the bleeding until the paramedics arrived. Unfortunately, they were unable to save her.
“I was telling her, ‘Don’t leave me. Don’t leave the kids. I need you. They couldn’t bring her back.”
“My sister took her last breath in my arms. I heard her take her last breath and I knew she was gone,” said Neketa.
Michelle leaves behind two sons, 9 and 7, and a 4-year-old daughter.