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Alabama-Auburn aftermath: Cremated remains on the field and a deadly shooting

Auburn fans storm the field after the Iron Bowl victory over Alabama. (Jay Sailors / AP)

There has been bizarre fallout in the days since Auburn beat Alabama in one of the greatest endings in college football history.

A grounds crew cleaning up the field, which was stormed by Auburn fans after Chris Davis’s 100-yard return of a missed field goal won the game, discovered cremated remains among the detritus. And a woman who is a Crimson Tide fan was been charged with the shooting death of a fellow ‘Bama fan because, according to the victim’s sister, she was angry that the victim and others were not upset at the loss Saturday.

The remains were discovered Monday near the 40-yard line by the Auburn sideline at Jordan-Hare Stadium, reports. It is uncertain whether the remains are human, but they do contain bone fragments, officials said.

“It could have been grandma or it could have been grandma’s dog,” Scott McElroy, an associate professor for turfgrass and weed science at Auburn, told

Naturally, with fans being fans, “it happens a lot more than you think,” according to McElroy. Ashes kill grass and contaminate the ground, so the crew removed the remains and dug up a few inches of soil.

In Birmingham, investigators are looking into the motive behind the murder of Michelle Shepherd, 36. Adrian Laroze Briskey, 29, was charged with the crime, which police said occurred at an annual Iron Bowl party. Nekesa Shepherd, the victim’s sister, told the Associated Press that Briskey was angry when others were joking that a loss by the Miami Heat would be worse. “She said we weren’t real Alabama fans because it didn’t bother us that they lost. And then she started shooting,” Shepherd told The Associated Press.

“It was over a football game. I’m never going to forget it because she died in my arms.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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