Lacie LaRose, a freshman at Blinn College, was killed by a gunshot wound to the neck one month ago at a graduation party in College Station, Texas. Landon Duke, the 23-year-old party honoree, recently told The Eagle that the shooting involving alleged killer, 39-year-old Ronald McNeil, began with a fight over the rules of beer pong.
Reports indicate that McNeil, Duke’s neighbor and a convicted felon, was never invited over. However, McNeil and a few of his friends allegedly crashed the party where people had gathered to watch the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight.
“It was a little strange that they were at the party but they were really nice, at first, congratulating me on graduating,” Duke told The Eagle.
Duke said that McNeil first got upset that the partygoers weren’t cheering for Floyd Mayweather. After the boxing match ended and the party died down, McNeil and the party guests moved to the garage to play beer pong.
An argument soon broke out between one of McNeil’s friends and one of Duke’s friends over the rules of the game. After the exchange became heated, Duke admits his friends became physical, but says the fight quickly ended. McNeil and his party were then asked to leave.
Allegedly, McNeil warned the partygoers that he was going home to get his gun. McNeil also said he recalls the teenagers yelling racial slurs, however, Duke said he did not recall this.
Source: USA Today | Alex Samuels