HOUSTON, Texas -- A seemingly perfect family was torn apart by gunshots Friday morning. A mother, shot and killed in her bedroom. A father, shot but fighting to stay alive. And police say their 16-year-old son is the one who pulled the trigger on his parents, Dawn and Antonio Armstrong, in their southwest Houston home.
"I don't understand what in the world could be so bad that you take this drastic measure out on your parents," says Dee Dee Coleman, who works with the Armstrongs. "My heart breaks for them. It really does."
The Armstrongs run 1st Class Training fitness facilities in Bellaire & Tanglewood. Antonio played football for Texas A&M before going on to play in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins. He's also associate pastor at his church. "We just saw this family on Tuesday," says church member Lydia Leos, "and I can't imagine the son being a suspect right now."
But he is. The Armstrong's son sits in jail charged with murder. No word on his motive for this shooting. His little sister, who was also in the house at the time of the violence, is staying with relatives.
"To me they seemed like the all-American family," says Coleman. A family that will never be the same again.