Witnesses: Slain Ala. student appeared intoxicated
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October 08, 2012 02:15 PM | 869 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Witnesses say a University of South Alabama student was screaming obscenities and talking about being on a "spiritual quest" shortly before campus police fatally shot him.

Two students who knew 18-year-old Gil Collar described him Monday as appearing intoxicated shortly before his death early Saturday.

The university says Collar was nude, acting erratically and challenging a police officer when the officer opened fire. A school statement makes no mention of Collar being armed.

South Alabama students Bronte Harber and Sarah Hay say Collar was partially disrobed and loud shortly before his death.

Hay says Collar was talking nonsensically about being on a "spiritual quest." Harber says Collar was wearing only his underwear and yelling obscenities near police headquarters, where the killing occurred.

Neither saw the shooting.

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