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‘He shot them in my yard’

Grieving wife, mother sheds light on double homicide in Alpine

Double homicide victims

John Lowe and Stephen Ryan King were both shot to death in the yard of Lowe’s residence on Oakdale Road at 8 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2015. 

The wife and mother of two men gunned down at their Alpine home last week spoke for the first time this morning to The Daily Home.

John William Lowe, 51, and Stephen Ryan King, 31, were shot to death at a residence on Oakdale Road around 8 p.m. on Nov. 30. King was Lowe’s stepson.

King was pronounced dead at the scene. Lowe died later Monday evening at Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga.

Tina Lowe, in a phone interview with The Daily Home, said the gunman was on foot, not in a car as previously reported, when he asked for directions.

“He kept hanging around asking for directions to Odena,” Mrs. Lowe said. “He was there on a mission, hunting for someone else. He mistook my son for someone else. He shot them in my yard.”

She said the man first shot her son, and then shot her husband.

“He heard my voice and he started shooting up the vehicles trying to find me,” she said.

Because it was dark, Mrs. Lowe said she did not see the shooter, but she said she heard his voice several times.

“I was standing (in her home) with the door open,” she said. “I thought it was firecrackers. I didn’t realize anyone had been shot till I saw my son laying on the ground.”

Lowe said the gunman was on the road that runs past her residence and that he never came into the yard.

“He was trying to describe to someone on the cell phone where he was,” she said.

The shooter left on foot, and Mrs. Lowe said she believes he was later picked up by the person he was talking to on the phone.

The Talladega County Sheriff Office is investigating the case. Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore said this morning there was no new information in the case. 

Though she fears for her safety, Mrs. Lowe wants the public to know that her husband and son were good men and had no enemies.

“They would give you the shirt off their back,” she said, her voice breaking. “They would have given anything to anybody.”

King, she said, has a 10-year-old son of his own, and that the son’s mother died four and a half years ago.

“Now my grandson has no parents left.”

Editor Anthony Cook: 256-299-2110. On Twitter @AnthonyCook_DH.