On Saturday night at an Auburn apartment complex. Six people were shot while attending a pool party and fighting over a girl. Of those 6; three are now dead. Two are fighting for their lives. And one has been released from the hospital. Social media blew up with people talking about the shooting and potential victims. Sadly the names were correct.
Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson stayed strong during the press conference. “It’s sick these young lives were cut short” was a very strong statement. And this quote brings chills to anyone “if I could bring them back, I would.”
The three victims that are dead are Ed Christian, Ladarious Phillips and Jamario Pitts. All three were 20 years old.
Three other people have been injured from the shooting. John Robertson who is fighting for his life at UAB. Eric Mack who is at East Alabama Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. And Xavier Moss who was treated and released.
These are the pictures of Suspect Desmonte Leonard of Montgomery. He is 22 years old and considered armed and dangerous. He is believed to be in the Montgomery area but could be anywhere. If you see him or know where he is located. Call 911!
Here are the statements from the head coach, athletic director, and the president of Auburn University. Plus a statement from the governor.
Statement from Auburn head coach Gene Chizik:
“This is a sad, sad day for everyone associated with the entire Auburn family. I am devastated by the passing of three young men, including two that I personally knew in Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips and my heart goes out to their families. My thoughts and prayers are with their families and all of the victims involved in this tragic incident. Nobody should ever have to endure such unimaginable grief, and we will love and support the victims’ families during this terribly difficult time. We have a lot of people on our football team that are hurting right now and we’re going to do everything we can to help them get through this. We are relieved that Eric Mack, who was also a victim in this incident, is expected to make a full recovery. This is a very trying time for everyone involved, and I would just ask that you lift up the victims and their families in your prayers.”
“This is a tragic day for the entire Auburn community. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families who have been devastated by this senseless tragedy. We will support the families of the victims in the difficult days ahead in every way that we possibly can. Our student-athletes are obviously stunned and deeply saddened, and we are providing counseling and support for them as they grieve the loss of their teammates and friends.”
Statement from Auburn President Jay Gogue:
“We’re deeply saddened about last night’s tragic events that impacted the Auburn community and the Auburn family. Our heart-felt condolences go out to the victims and their families. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We’re in constant contact with area authorities and will continue to assist in any way possible. Our attention is now focused on providing care and support to those touched by this tragedy.”
Statement from Alabama Governor Robert Bentley:
We are saddened by what has taken place, and we offer prayers and condolences for the Auburn community, the entire AU family, and all of those impacted by last night’s tragedy.
From everyone at Geek Alabama and Pigskin Roundup. We pray for the victims and the families who are now suffering from this tragic event. Everyone please remember the victims and their families in your prayers!
And to finish this post. Here is the Auburn Football Team singing Lean on Me in 2010.
- Several reportedly shot near Ala.’s Auburn U. – Boston.com (boston.com)
- Reports: Three Dead, Including Two Former Football Players, After Shooting At Auburn Off-Campus Party [Auburn Shooting] (deadspin.com)
- Auburn Football Players Reportedly Shot and Killed in Off-Campus Tragedy (bleacherreport.com)