Police and the community had nothing but kind words to say about them.

“This was an outstanding family,” said Detective Jimmy Dotson to KTRK. “The [father] was an absolute hardworking breadwinner. He’s an associate pastor at the church in the area. The mother was apparently a great mother.”


The teen, who is not named because of his age, dialed 911 around 1:30 a.m. The couple also had a teen daughter and 20-year-old son who were home at the time of the shooting but are reportedly unharmed.

“There was no neglect or anything. There was nothing that even could possibly have justified this situation,” Dawn Armstrong’s cousin Vaun Lee told reporters. “This doesn’t even make sense. It makes no sense.”


The 16-year-old will most likely be charged as an adult.

A GoFundMe campaign for the family has raised over $36,000 in 16 hours.

Read more at KTRK and the New York Daily News.