Suspect’s father in shooting death of Ole Miss student maintains son is innocent

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OXFORD, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – More details are emerging about Ole Miss student Alexandria Kostial who was shot to death in Mississippi. A fellow student, 22-year-old Brandon Theesfeld, is now charged in her murder.

Close friends of Ally describe her as a loving person. Her death is hitting the Oxford community and her family hard. Kostial was just 21-year-old when her life was cut short.

“It was just very shocking,” said Ole Miss senior Luci Strong. “You don’t expect life to end that quick.”

Kostial was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. According to friends, she was a founder of the Ole Miss Golf Club and was teaching fitness classes at the University of Oxford this summer. The victim’s body was found Saturday morning around Sardis Lake, which is located near Buford Ridge.

A high school friend of the St. Louis, Missouri, native shares she was a person you could depend on.

“Ally was just very fun and outgoing. Very friendly girl. I’m just gonna miss how the fact that she was always there for me if I needed to talk to her.”

Brandon Theesfeld

22-year-old Brandon Theesfeld, who is formally charged in her murder, attended business school with Kostial at Ole Miss. Authorities have not released the relationship between the two.

Memphis police worked with Mississippi law enforcement to arrest Theesfeld Monday morning at a gas station on South Parkway. The suspect was taken back to Mississippi, where he faced a Lafayette County judge Tuesday morning.

The suspect’s father was seen getting into his pick-up truck after leaving Lafayette County jail. He released a statement saying, “I’ve spoken to Brandon. I ask that everyone give him the benefit of the doubt that he is innocent. I am seeking legal counsel that will be announced in a day or so.”

The victim’s sorority sister paid tribute to Kostial on social media writing, “She was the brightest light and always had a smile on her face. She truly was a ray of sunshine.”

“It’s just sad all around,” said Strong.

A bond hearing for Theesfeld has yet to be announced.

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