Elexis Mccool

The family and friends of 18-year-old old Elexis McCool are in mourning after she was shot and left for dead in her car late Saturday night.

Two brothers, ages 14 and 15, are behind bars after police say one of them accidentally shot and killed her while the three were riding around Tuscaloosa. Police said the 14-year-old was shooting a firearm out of the window into the air, and when he brought it back inside the car it fired and hit Elexis in the back.

She’d just graduated from Northridge High School and already entered the workforce, but her life was just beginning, said big sister Jasmine Shepherd.

“It’s going to be hard,” she said. “Very hard. That’s someone I saw or talked to every day. It’s going to be hard. Everywhere I went she went. Every trip I went on, she went on. I was taking her to the beach for her birthday in August. She didn’t know.”

Shepherd said she didn’t know the two brothers who were riding with her sister the night she died, but she does have a message for them.

“I want to know why couldn’t you take her to the hospital,” she said. “You were her friends. I saw you on FaceTime with her earlier that day and she called you her best friend. She said ‘this is my best friend’ and she showed me him, and I’ve never seen him a day in my life.”

Shepherd said she knows nothing can bring her sister back, but she hopes her family’s tragedy can make other people realize things like this do happen and you can never be too careful.

“I hope it wakes (people) up,” she said. “Especially my community. I’m from that side of town. I really hope that woke up a lot of people, honestly.”

The 14- and 15-year-old brothers are being held at the Tuscaloosa Juvenile Detention Center. The 14-year-old is charged with murder and the 15-year-old is charged with theft, abuse of a corpse and obstruction of governmental operations. It has not yet been decided if the teens will be tried as adults.

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