A road rage incident that started at 2 a.m. Friday morning ended in the death of Kim Kilgore, outside a gated apartment complex in north Cobb, said Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb Police.
Pierce said two drivers had an altercation along Shiloh Road, which led to a physical confrontation outside of the vehicles in the parking lot in Shiloh Green Apartments, near building 100.
Sparkles Lashayla Lindsey pulled out a gun and shot Kilgore in the head, according to the arrest warrant. Kilgore was transported to a WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she died Friday afternoon.
Lindsey was charged with aggravated assault and murder, according to arrest reports, and is being held without bond in the Cobb County jail.
Lindsey was previously arrested on June 4 and appeared in court in January and February for simple battery charges, according to Cobb County Superior Court records.
A co-worker, a young daughter, a best friend
The love for Kilgore stretched across the entire county and beyond as news spread about the shooting and her battle to live.
Kilgore was a Paulding County High School graduate and former member of the KSU sorority Gamma Phi Beta.
On Friday, students from the KSU campus started a Twitter discussion under #prayforkim, where friends responded to updates about Kilgore’s condition and sounded off about the violent crime.
Written on the windows of the old-fashioned Collett County Store in Powder Springs, where Kilgore had worked for nearly three years, were the words, “RIP. We love and miss you Kim.”
On a bench outside the front doors of Johnny’s BBQ restaurant, which houses the store at 4179 Marietta St., sat a sign with personal messages and flowers.
Inside the rustic building, at a long wood table, sat Kilgore’s coworkers, who are more like a close-knit family, sharing somber stories with a few smiles.
Owner Rick Collett, who bought the restaurant 10 years ago, said Kilgore was a dependable worker, who would come in early and stayed late.
“Sometimes you wouldn’t even have to ask her for help,” Collett said. “KK never quit.”
A group of young women who all served customers at the BBQ joint with Kilgore said she was always giggling and could brighten the day of anyone in a bad mood.
“She was a very happy, loving-life, kind of person,” said Emily Benton, who is 20 years old and lives in Powder Springs. “She was one of the best people you could ever know in your life.”
Collett said he placed a huge jar on the front counter of the restaurant to collect donations that will be given to Kilgore’s mother, Becky Kilgore.
“We pray that her family finds peace,” Benton said.
When he heard about the shooting on Friday, Collett said he instantly cautioned his children, daughter Savannah, 17, and son Chas, 22, about being cautious when away from home.
Collett said he also advises his staff of teenage girls to always stay together when out in public, not fill their gas tanks up at night, and “be aware of your surroundings.”
Another KSU student and waitress at Johnny’s BBQ, Shannon Stone, was Kilgore’s best friend, roommate, and passenger in the car the night of the shooting, according to Benton.
On Stone’s Facebook page, under a picture of the two young women hugging with bright smiles, Stone wrote, “You are my sister, you (were) going to be my maid of honor, we were going to live on the same road when we were older and let our kids grow up together and be like us.”