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Sometimes on the killboards, there's an icon like this:

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Normally the background isn't red:

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What does red mean?

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If the background is red, it means that the weapon killed the player with a crit.

So in your first screenshot, it could be read as:

soccer sam88 Phlogistinator (crit) killed Table

whereas the second screenshot would read as:

didn't notice you Ubersaw (noncrit) Neil Armstrong

As an additional note, as mentioned by users in the comments, the background for mini-crits looks exactly the same as if you had killed the player with the critical hit.

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You misspelled Phlogistinator. Would have corrected it myself, but the change is less than 6 characters in size. – private_meta Jul 3 '14 at 13:56
Red also includes mini-crits. – jw013 Jul 3 '14 at 18:38
too add onto to what @jw013 said, There is a difference between red intensity for crit v. mini-crit, you may want to include screenshots for this. – char1es Jul 3 '14 at 20:51
@char1es I don't think that's true, but I can't find a definitive answer. The best I can find is that the wiki includes only an icon for critical hits. – Austin Mohr Jul 3 '14 at 22:55
@AustinMohr, I think you may be right. Thanks for the clarification. I heard this somewhere a long time ago and always assumed it to be true I guess. – char1es Jul 8 '14 at 19:56

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