Former NFL Player & Wife Killed By Teen Son
BY: NISHA THOMAS
So sad! Former NFL player, Antonio Armstrong and his wife were fatally shot and killed by their son in their Houston home early on Friday morning, according to police.
Armstrong’s wife, Dawn, had been pronounced dead at the scene after their 16-year-old son had dialed 911 at around 1:30 a.m., according to what police sources told KTRK-TV. Armstrong was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, however, multiple media sources reported that he was pronounced dead later on in the day.
Investigators searched the southwest Houston home and found a gun with a note next to it that read, “I’ve been watching you.” Police arrested their son and sources close to the investigation said that he was likely going to be charged as an adult.
“There was nothing left out. 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 couple’s three children, including their 20-year-old son and teenaged daughter, were at home at the time of the shooting. The children were unharmed, according to what homicide investigator Jimmy Dodson told the Houston Chronicle.
The couple owned their own fitness company called ‘1st Class Training’ with three different locations around the Houston area. Investigators were working on Friday, trying to figure out what may have taken place between the boy and his parents, which would have led him to such drastic measures. There was allegedly no sign of tension between the family, according to what Dodson told news outlets.
“This was an outstanding family. The male of the family was an absolute hard-working breadwinner,” Dodson told KPRC-TV. “He was an associate pastor in an area church. He’s a great guy. The mother was apparently a great mother, according to family members. Like I said, it was kind of the all-American family.”
Mr. Armstrong played with the Miami Dolphins for one season back in 1995 after being the star linebacker for the Texas A&M Aggies. He was named All-American.
We are hopeful that the children to this beloved couple will be able to make it through this tumultuous time.