Road rage murder suspect has first court appearance

Woman suspect arrested in fatal Cobb shooting

Cobb County police have arrested and charged a suspect in the fatal shooting of a college student following a road rage incident in Kennesaw early Friday morning.

Police identified the suspect as Sparkles Lindsey, 22, of Austell. Cobb jail records, however, identify her as Lindsey Sparkles Lashayla. She has been charged with murder and aggravated assault and is being held in the Cobb jail without bond. She made her first court appearance Saturday night, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Police say Lashayla fatally shot Kim Kilgore, 21, with a handgun in the parking lot at the Shiloh Green Apartments off Shiloh Road. Kilgore was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she later died.

The incident involved two carloads of females and an altercation started near the gate to the apartment complex, said Sgt. Dana Pierce, a Cobb police spokesman. Police do not have information indicating the suspect and the victim previously knew each other, Pierce said.

“There was a whole lot going on out there,” he said. “You have two carloads or groups of people who are at one another.”

Kilgore was studying communications at Kennesaw State University, where she was a former member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. The sorority issued a statement on Twitter Friday about the Paulding County High School graduate: “Our prayers go out to our dear friend Kim Kilgore!” The university also issued a statement, expressing condolences and announcing that it was preparing to offer grief counseling for those who knew Kilgore.

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