A 22-year-old Cobb County woman was charged with the shooting death of a Kennesaw student during a road rage incident that is slowly attracting national attention.
Kimberly Kilgore, 21, and Sparkles LaShayla Lindsey’s lives couldn’t be more different. The popular Kennesaw State University student loved country and western music, and she took pride in her vast collection of cowboy boots.
Lindsey emulated the thug life that was glorified by the rappers she idolized. According to published reports, Lindsey, of Austell, had a criminal record that most rappers would envy.
The two women’s lives intersected on a darkened stretch of Shiloh Road in Cobb County, GA, early Friday morning. A road rage incident involving 2 carloads of women ended with shots fired just inside the gates of Shiloh Green Apartments around 2 a.m.
Witnesses say the two drivers — Lindsey and Kilgore — got into a physical altercation in the parking lot of the apartment complex. At some point, Lindsey pulled a gun out of her waistband and fired a single shot, striking Kilgore in the head.
Kilgore was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Lindsey and her friends fled the scene before police arrived.
Detectives secured an arrest warrant for Lindsey later that day and she was taken into custody without incident. Lindsey was charged with aggravated assault and murder.
Kilgore’s friends struggle to understand the senseless violence committed by a young woman who had at least 2 prior arrests for assault and battery.
Kilgore was scheduled to work Friday night at Johnny’s BBQ in Powder Springs. One of her co-workers was a passenger in Kilgore’s SUV that night.
“She works every Friday night and here it is Friday night and we’re walking around … just can’t even describe the feeling,” Manager Alisa Pannell told Channel 2 reporter Ashley Swann.
Cobb County residents vented their frustrations on social media and message boards. Most of the angry chatter centered around Kilgore and Lindsey’s skin color and the perceived media bias that suppresses race when a black kills a white.
Lindsey’s friends defended her on social media networks. “My old co-worker, Sparkles Lindsey, killed a girl over a road rage incident. While she was wrong, people need to watch how they drive,” tweeted Natasha Hall.
Lindsey is being held without bond in the Cobb County jail.
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