Family of 18-year-old McCalla girl killed in Lipscomb remembers her as ‘genuinely good person’

LIPSCOMB, Ala. (WIAT) — The family of Ashlynn Sparks is heartbroken after she was shot and killed Wednesday night in Lipscomb.

“She was just a genuinely good person, very caring about everybody, almost to a fault,” her stepfather Rick Curb said.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirmed Ashlynn Sparks, 18, of McCalla, was killed in the shooting. The shooting happened Wednesday night. Sparks was taken to UAB Hospital where she was pronounced dead on Thursday.

CBS42 reporter James McConatha spoke to her family. They say her boyfriend told them they were sitting in his parked car when two suspects approached them to try and rob him. He reportedly panicked and put the car in reverse, and the two started shooting. He was struck by gunfire, her family thinks in the chest and/or shoulder area. She had two defensive wounds on her hands, and was shot in the head. CBS42 has made multiple calls to the Lipscomb Police for more information on what happened and how the investigation is going since the time of the shooting Wednesday night, but still have not heard back.County

Ashlynn with her dad Harrison Sparks. Courtesy April Curb.
Ashlynn with her dad Harrison Sparks. Courtesy April Curb.

Her family described her as the type of person who would do anything for others, from emptying her pockets of change for someone in need to spending days taking care of her grandfather, a disabled Vietnam veteran. She would make sure he took his medicine and help out around the house.

Her mom April says Ashlynn, nicknamed Ash Kitty, loved people and cats–to the point where after her cat passed away from old age, she rescued a mama cat who had kittens. With a break in her voice, she explained they have five kittens from the cat that still need a home.

Rick and April said in the days leading up to the shooting, Ashlynn had been glued to her boyfriend because he had just had to put his dog down and they were both very upset over it.

Rick said while he didn’t care for her boyfriend, he doesn’t blame him for her death.

“He just made bad decisions in his life and he didn’t….he wouldn’t listen to us. He wouldn’t do the right things,” Rick explained.

He said he and April begged Ashlynn to break it off with him, but she was 18 so they couldn’t stop her from seeing him, but they had banned him from their property. Ultimately though, they blame the suspects who fired the shots.

“I don’t care for the boy, but there are suspects who did this. And one of them or both of them need to be charged with murder,” he said.

The one thing Ashlynn’s mom wants to come out of this tragedy is for other kids to understand the danger of the streets. She stressed that just because you’re not doing anything wrong doesn’t mean something bad can’t happen to you if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time.

UPDATE: Family members tell us arrangements for Ashlynn have been made:

Her viewing will be at McCalla Memorial off I-459 exit 1.

4780 Letson Farms Pkwy McCalla, AL 35111

  • This Thursday the 15th:
    • 4pm for family
    • 5pm for other visitors
  • This Friday the 16th:
    • 10am for family
    • 11am for service.

To donate to the GoFundMe page for Ashlynn, click here.

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