BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- From the outside, a particular violent crime may sound bizarre.
For instance, Stephanie McCants just lost her husband Jeremy, who was shot and killed by a family friend.
"And they said he stood up and shot Jeremy in the head," Stephanie says, "And stood over him once and shot him again. And I just feel like he didn't deserve that over talking about a fish sandwich. It wasn't even that serious."
An argument over a fish sandwich appears to have been the last straw for Jeremy's killer. But odds are, the shooter's anger wasn't really about the fish sandwich at all, according to clinical psychologist Josh Klapow.
"So if somebody has lost their job, if they're having problems financially, if they're having difficulty in their lives," Klapow says, "All of those things can go together to drive the emotion that can be set off by one more thing."
That 'one more thing' could be an argument or even something as simple as the summertime heat.
"Yes, there's research to show that during hotter times of the year, when people are hot, they tend to get irritated," Klapow says, "When they're irritated, they can get a lot more angry."
But it's hard to blame the heat for all of the most recent eight murders in Birmingham.
"Up until this rash, we had gone 10 days without a single homicide in the month of June," Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper says, "So when people say, 'it's hot,' well it was hot then."
Dr. Klapow says to be aware of anger building up inside yourself and in people around you so you don't end up in a situation you'll regret.
For Stephanie, nothing can replace her husband.
"He always would tell you, 'I love you, everything is going to be alright," Stephanie says.
Stephanie has to tell that to herself and to her children now and hope they'll all be ok.
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