Florida college student driving with girlfriend in Alabama wilderness is killed by woman posing as stranded motorist, officials say

A Florida college student exploring the Alabama wilderness with his girlfriend was fatally wounded throughout a shootout with a would-be robber who seemed to be residing with others in the woods, authorities mentioned.

Adam Simjee, 22, was shot to dying in the Talladega National Forest close to common Cheaha State Park in east Alabama final week, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office mentioned in an announcement. Yasmine Hider and Krystal Diane Pinkins have been charged with homicide, kidnapping and theft, the assertion mentioned.

Wounded a number of instances through the confrontation, Hider was awaiting switch to jail from a Birmingham hospital the place she underwent surgical procedure for her wounds. Pinkins, 36, was jailed.

The couple was driving on a National Forest Service street when Hider flagged them down and requested for assist with her automobile, sheriff’s officials mentioned. The woman then pulled out a gun and ordered them into the woods, they mentioned, and Simjee produced a weapon he was carrying.

“Adam pulled out his gun and told her to get on the ground and that’s when she started messing around with her gun. It jammed once but they both shot at each other and she was shot a few times and he was shot only once,” Simjee’s 20-year-old girlfriend, Mikayla Paulus, instructed WBMA-TV.

Adam Simjee and Mikayla Paulus.


Simjee died regardless of the efforts of Paulus, who was performing CPR on him when authorities arrived, the assertion mentioned. She was not injured.

Authorities utilizing a canine monitoring group and a state police helicopter discovered a camp the place they noticed Pinkins, whose 5-year-old son ran from the woods with a loaded shotgun as officers have been arresting her, sheriff’s officials mentioned.

No extra photographs have been fired, and Pinkins was taken to the Clay County jail. Her son was taken by youngster welfare employees, and Pinkins was charged with endangering the welfare of a kid in addition to the opposite counts.

The girls could have been residing “off the grid” in the National Forest, the sheriff’s assertion mentioned, and forestry employees dismantled their camp.

“I lost the love of my life,” Paulus told AL.com. “This will likely be with me ceaselessly.”

Simjee and Paulus have been on the point of start the varsity year on the University of Central Florida in Orlando, she instructed the information web site. “We were starting school on Monday, so we wanted to do one last road trip,” she said.

Simjee was an “clever, hard-working, humble, and loving human being,” according to a GoFundMe page set up to cover his funeral costs. The page says funds will also “go towards paying for Mikayla’s counseling and different bills as she tries to maneuver ahead.”

Court data didn’t present whether or not Hider or Pinkins, who had an tackle in Memphis, Tennessee, had an lawyer who might communicate on their behalf.

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