The mother of a 23-year-old Alabama woman who was fatally shot in an incident allegedly involving two men, including former Crimson Tide basketball player Darius Miles, has broken her online silence on her daughter’s death. social.
DeCarla Cotton wrote on her Facebook that her daughter, Jamea Jonae Harris, was shot to death because her daughter didn’t want to talk to Miles.
«He took my baby’s life because she wouldn’t talk to him!» she wrote in a post about the WBRC-TV story.
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Miles, 21, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, were arrested in the shooting and charged with capital murder.
«Darius Miles and his family are heartbroken tonight by the death of Jamea Jonae Harris,» attorney William C. White II said in a statement to Fox News Digital. «While Darius has been accused of involvement in this tragedy, he maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court. Our own firm’s investigation is ongoing and no further comment will be made at this time. «.
Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy said the driver of another vehicle, in which Harris was a passenger, approached campus police near Bryant-Denny Stadium around 1:45 a.m. and said someone had fired at the vehicle and that he responded. One of the suspects was injured and sustained non-life threatening injuries. Police did not say who was injured.
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Miles was fired from the men’s basketball team after it was revealed that he was allegedly involved in the shooting. The previous Saturday, he was ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
«The University of Alabama’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community,» the school said. «We are saddened by the incident that occurred near campus last night and extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.»
«We are grateful for the prompt and thorough response from law enforcement and emergency response teams, and will continue to fully support the ongoing investigation. We have been made aware of the recent charge against student athlete Darius Miles; he has been removed from campus. and He is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team.»
Miles appeared to be crying and talking to someone outside the Tuscaloosa County Jail, according to AL.com.
«I love you,» he was heard saying. «I love you more than you can imagine.»
Miles was with the team in Alabama’s 106-66 win over LSU the previous Saturday.
A GoFundMe was set up to help support Harris’ 5-year-old son, Kaine.
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«I was asked to participate in this fundraiser to help with the care of my son Kaine,» the description reads. «Her life was taken at the young age of 23 in a senseless cowardly act. She leaves behind a five year old son who will never know how beautiful his mother was inside and out. She had a heart of gold and was loved for everyone. Not a way to express how much she will be missed! I appreciate everyone who has reached out with their prayers and condolences and I appreciate how you would like to help.»
Associated Press contributed to this report.