Argument Over Beer Pong Rules Ends in Teen's Death

Witness says disagreement led to fight, then gunshots in Texas
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2015 3:26 PM CDT
Argument Over Beer Pong Rules Ends in Teen's Death

A 19-year-old woman in Texas lost her life over a dispute about beer pong, a witness tells the Eagle of College Station. The fatal shooting of Lacie LaRose took place last month at a graduation party, when about two dozen people were playing beer pong in a garage about 1am. A witness says a dispute broke out over the rules, and it led to a fight between two groups—the party's host and his friends, and a neighbor and his friends. Police say neighbor Ronald McNeil, 39, left the party, returned with a gun, and opened fire.

"We're a bunch of college kids," Landon Duke tells the newspaper. "We didn't think anything was really going to happen. Just to be safe, we closed the garage door." Two other partygoers were injured by the gunshots, and McNeil told police that he meant only to scare the guests, not shoot anyone, reports the Houston Chronicle. He remains jailed on murder charges. (More beer pong stories.)

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