Alabama A&M mourns the loss of the recent graduate and former cheerleader

Alabama A&M mourns the loss of the recent graduate and former cheerleader

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – Police say Chi McDade was shot and killed Tuesday night by her ex-boyfriend, 19-year-old Antonio Burks.

Her death shook the Alabama A&M community to the core, especially those in her cheerleading circle.

“She was kind, always willing to give, and had a smile to die for.”

As a former cheerleading coach, Dr. Tammy Alexander worked with McDade when she first came to campus. When he wasn’t hanging around or building pyramids, they always talked about the most important things in life.

“We have real conversations about a lot of different things so it’s not just one-dimensional and one of those things that I know now is going to be our platform to share with our cheerleaders is domestic violence,” Alexander continued.

Dr. Alexander said there were never any signs that McDade had domestic violence issues before his tragic death.

“One of the coaches, I’ve talked to her a couple of times since this happened and even though she graduated in May, they’re still in a relationship and she would talk to her,” Alexander said. “The things they couldn’t tell me or the things they didn’t want me to know. There was no evidence that she was involved in this kind of situation, so it was a shock to us.”

Burks faces a murder charge and is being held in the Limestone County Jail without bond.

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