Kennesaw road rage suspect has prior record

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KENNESAW, Ga. -- The 22-year-old woman charged with shooting and killing a Kennesaw State University student after a case of road rage has a prior criminal record.

Sparkles Lindsey, 22, of Austell is charged with shooting and killing 21-year-old Kimberly Kilgore after what police describe as some sort of road rage incident Friday morning.

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11Alive's Duffie Dixon learned Lindsey has been arrested numerous times for battery, violating probation and once in 2009 for shoplifting.

These are her prior arrests, charges and dates in Cobb County:

June 4, 2013: Probation Revoked

August 13, 2012:  Battery, Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer

November 8, 2011: Battery, Fighting in a Public Place, Simple Battery

August 18, 2009: Probation Violation

August 4, 2009: Theft by Shoplifting

Police say the shooting happened shortly after 2 a.m. Friday at the Shiloh Green apartments on Walton Green Way. It began as a road rage incident between two cars and ended up just inside the complex's gate.

Witnesses told officers Lindsey followed Kilgore's car through the front gate, there was a fight, then Kilgore was shot. The college student later died at the hospital.

Police do not think the suspect and the victim knew each other and detectives are not releasing any specifics of what may have transpired before both of their cars ended up inside the gates of the apartment complex.

Co-workers and friends are now raising money for Kilgore's parents to help with funeral costs. There's a jar with Kilgore's picture at Johnny's BBQ in Power Springs where she worked as a waitress. Most of the employees are her close friends.  

Emily Benton often worked the Saturday night shift with Kilgore.

"We are just praying for Kim's family. It is an indescribable feeling. We're just very heartbroken," Benton said.

Cashier Angie Howard said it has been a hard few days since the crime.

"Kim just lit up the whole restaurant.  She had a real good attitude and would often just dance behind the counter. She was just a good, honest, hardworking girl putting herself through school," Howard said.

What makes things harder is that a fellow employee and Kilgore's best friend Shannon Stone, was in the car with her during the incident. Friends are worried about how she is handling her friend's death.

"I don't know how Shannon is dealing with it, the feeling, She saw her friend shot right there and die in front of her," Benton said.

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Clark Funeral Home in Hiram.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. at the West Ridge Church in Dallas.

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