Alabama student dies after being shot in Florida last year

A University of Alabama student has died more than a year after he was shot in the head during a Florida vacation. reports ( ) 23-year-old Rivers Starkey died Thursday at a hospital in his hometown of Florence.

He was first hospitalized in Pensacola, Florida, and then at Shepherd Center in Atlanta before being moved to Florence.

His father, Trey Starkey, said the family was "proud to know that Rivers has had such an impact on so many lives."

Rivers Starkey traveled to Navarre, Florida, on a holiday break in October 2015. He was at the home of a friend's uncle, John Marshall Fitzgerald, when an argument broke out. Fitzgerald got a pistol and demanded Starkey and his nephew leave. He shot Starkey several times, later testifying Starkey tried to grab the gun.

A jury recently acquitted Fitzgerald of attempted murder charges, finding he acted in self-defense.