Game of Beer Pong Led to Shooting Death of Blinn College Student

Aliza Chasan, NY Daily News, June 4, 2015

The College Station, Texas, man who shot and killed a 19-year-old Blinn College freshman during a graduation party last month said he was only trying to scare the kids who booted him and a witness said the whole incident began with an argument over a game of beer pong.

Ronald Wayne McNeil, 39, is being held in Brazos County Jail on charges of murder, deadly conduct for discharge of a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. {snip}

Ronald McNeil

Ronald McNeil

McNeil and two friends crashed student Landon Duke’s graduation party, Duke told The Eagle in College Station. There were reportedly more than 100 people at the home, many watching the boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

At about 1 a.m., one of McNeil’s friends got into an argument with one of Duke’s pals over the rules of beer pong, which they were playing in the garage.

A few punches were thrown and Duke, 23, said he asked McNeil and his friends to leave.

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McNeil, a convicted felon, lived across the street from Duke’s house, the Eagle reported.

The students continued partying and at one point, Lacie LaRose walked outside to get a few beers. That’s when McNeil allegedly came back and fired off 14 rounds with his .40-caliber Glock.

Lacie LaRose

Lacie LaRose

McNeil told police that he accidentally fired while running back toward to the house. He told investigators he was just trying to scare the kids at the party with his pistol, but he shot LaRose, who was from Irving, in the neck and hit another student in the leg. A third student was injured by shrapnel.

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