UPDATED 1/17 1:00 p.m. ET: Jamea Jonae Harris’s mother, DeCarla Heard, has spoken out about the fatal shooting.
According to Heard, per a report from AL.com, the shooting in question occurred after Harris and her boyfriend visited a club with a group of friends, an outing they followed with an attempt at stopping to get food. In short, per the report, the incident began with the vehicle in which Harris was a passenger being approached by a group, with one suspect described as having repeatedly attempted to talk with Harris.
“They kept going on and on and eventually her boyfriend in the back seat rolled down the window,’’ Heard said, per the report. “He was like, ‘She already told you she got a boyfriend, you need to leave.’’’
Ultimately, gunfire was exchanged, with court records reported as showing that Harris died after being shot by 20-year-old Michael Lynn Davis, “using a gun provided to him by” 21-year-old Darius Miles.
A Facebook post linked to Harris’ mother, shared Sunday, also reiterates these same allegations.
“Took my baby life because she wouldn’t talk to him!!!!” the post read.
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Darius Miles, who plays for Alabama’s men’s basketball team, has been charged with capital murder after a weekend shooting near the university’s campus that left a 23-year-old woman dead, ESPN reports.
Miles, a junior reserve forward and Washington D.C. native, was arrested alongside another man, Michael Lynn Davis, and has since been kicked off the team. According to Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy, the shooting occurred after an argument that unfolded in the Strip off University Blvd.
“At this time, it appears that the only motive was a minor altercation that these individuals had with the victim as they were out on The Strip,’’ Kennedy said at a Sunday press conference.
Per police, the victim, Jamea Harris, was the passenger in a vehicle that was allegedly shot at by the suspects. The driver of the vehicle shot back at the assailants, injuring one of the men who was later treated at a nearby hospital.
“The University of Alabama’s utmost priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community,’’ the university said in a statement. “We are grieved by the incident that occurred near campus last night and extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.’’
Video of Miles being escorted into a police SUV shows him saying the words “I swear … I love you more than you imagine.”
Miles appeared to be in tears while being taken into the vehicle.