The shooting death of a 24-year-old UAB mechanical engineering senior has shocked his friends and family who are trying, without success, to make sense of the unimaginable crime.
Jesse Alan Marchant Birt died early Monday morning after the shooting outside of his apartment at TimberChase Apartments on Beacon Parkway East. He was a 2014 graduate of Auburn High School and the son of a Timothy Birt, a licensed family counselor, and Jamie Marchant, an author and English Literature instructor at Auburn University.
“We’re devastated,” Timothy said. “He was our only son and he had such a bright future.”
Jesse lived at TimberChase with his best friend Chassidie Hairston. “He was the nicest, most patient person I have ever met,” said Hairston, Jesse’s roommate of three years after the two met in an engineering class their freshman year of college. “He did everything with me. He was my gym buddy, he