Three students at a Christian school in Montgomery, Al., have been charged with murder after a fourth student was shot and killed Wednesday by a homeowner as the four apparently were attempting a home-invasion robbery, reports AL.com. Killed was Ryan Brooks, 19, who was on the football team at Faulkner University, a 2,400-student school in the Alabama capital city. Three other 19-year-old athletes at the school were charged with murder under a state law that allows accessories to a crime-related fatal encounter to be held responsible.
Police released few details, including the identity of the homeowner. There was no indication that he is accused of wrongdoing. Alabama is one of about 30 states with a Stand Your Ground law. Social media rumors alleged that Brooks’ death was related to fraternity hazing, but a Faulkner official denied that. In an interview, the dead man’s father referred to the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York. But he placed the blame on his son, saying, “Just like the guy in Missouri and the guy in New York, my son would be alive if he wasn’t breaking the law.” Ryan Brooks was white, as is one of the accomplices. The other two are black.