Popular Sorority Member ‘Shot Dead by Another Woman in Front of Terrified Friends in Road Rage Dispute’
Ryan Gorman, Daily Mail (London), January 11, 2014
A violent ex-con has been charged with multiple counts in the road rage shooting death of a 21-year-old female Georgia college student.
Sparkles Lindsay, 22, followed Kimberly Kilgore, 21, into her gated apartment complex last year and shot her to death while her best friend sat in the passenger seat and watched in horror, police say.
Ms Lindsay faces a charge of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The 22-year-old and her friends reportedly had a heated altercation with Ms Kilgore and friend Shannon Stone around 2am Oct 11 just outside the Kennesaw apartment complex where Ms Kilgore lived, sources told the paper.
Despite the complex being gated, Ms Lindsay drove into the parking lot, and escalated the incident into a physical altercation. The violent woman then pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at Ms Kilgore, police told multiple local media outlets.
Ms Stone helplessly watched her best friend get gunned down.
‘I was in the passenger seat and she was looking right at me when it happened. I was the last sight she saw before her life was taken, and I couldn’t stop it,’ the grieving friend told WSB.
Ms Lindsay and her friends then sped off into the night while an ambulance raced to try to save Ms Kilgore’s life. The Kennesaw State University student died later that night after being taken off life support.
The popular girl’s friends struggled to deal with her sudden violent death.
‘This girl was my ride or die, I did everything with her, she never separated,’ Ms Stone added. ‘She was always by my side.’
‘She was a beautiful person inside and out, Her personality just lifted everybody up,’ an unnamed friend told WSB.
‘We are just praying for Kim’s family,’ friend Emily Benton told WXIA. ‘It is an indescribable feeling. We’re just very heartbroken.’
Alisa Pannell struggled to talk through tears.
‘Kim, we love you and we’re gonna miss you,’ she told WSB, adding ‘we’re walking around and can’t even describe the feeling . . . how can somebody do that, how do you do that to an innocent person?’
Authorities have not publicly commented about the fight that led to the shooting, but have said they do not believe the two women knew each other.
Ms Lindsay was arrested only a few days later and booked into Cobb County Jail on murder charges.
Officials significantly upped the charges this week and refused to grant bail.
WXIA first revealed Ms Lindsay’s violent criminal past, which includes multiple arrests for battery, fighting in a public place, and theft since 2009.
She had been released from prison only three months prior to Ms Kilgore’s violent murder.
Sources told the Journal-Constitution that no arraignment date has been set.