This is tragic news.
Former NFL player Antonio Armstrong and his wife Dawn were fatally shot by their teenage son in the family’s Houston home early Friday police, sources told KTRK-TV.
Armstrong’s wife, Dawn, was pronounced dead in their bedroom after their 16-year-old son dialed 911 around 1:30 a.m., police sources told KTRK-TV. Antonio Armstrong was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but multiple local media outlets reported that he had died later in the day.
Investigators who searched the southwest Houston home found a gun still smoking with a note next to it reading, “I’ve been watching you,” the TV station reported. Police arrested the 16-year-old boy. Sources close to the investigation said he was likely to be charged as an adult.
The Armstrong’s own a fitness company called 1st Class Training with three locations in the Houston area.
“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.”
“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.”
Antonio Armstrong, 42, starred at linebacker for the Texas A&M Aggies.
-- Glenn Erby