Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Auburn apartment complex shooting that left two former Auburn Football players dead. Ed Christian and Ladarious Philips were shot and killed at the University Heights Apartment complex. A third Auburn resident Demario Pitts was also shot and killed. The shooting allegedly stemmed from a confrontation that occurred during a pool party at the complex on West Longleaf Drive, five minutes from the Auburn campus.
The alleged shooter is 23-year-old Desmonte Leonard. The judge will set his trial date at an October 15 status conference. Leonard has pleaded not guilty in the case. He is facing six charges, including capital murder, attempted murder and assault.
Hamad Alali, a resident of the apartment complex, recalls the night of the shooting.
"I came in late that night and I saw a lot of police and they didn't let us go inside unless we had our resident ID's," he said.
If you go to the apartment complex today, you'll see that a lot has changed. Since the shooting, the complex has come under new management and is now called Tiger Lodge. Many residents say they feel a lot safer under the new management.
"There's more security," says Alali, "I see two security cars in the parking lot every night and they walk around inside the apartment complex."
Tiger Lodge is also protected by gates in the entrance and exits. Safety is the complex's number one priority.
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