Former NFL football star Antonio Armstrong and his wife Dawn Armstrong were fatally shot in their Houston home early Friday, July 29. The worst part—the double homicide was allegedly committed by their 16-year-old son, who was immediately taken into custody.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Dawn was found dead in the couple’s bedroom. Antonio, a former football star, was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition and died there several hours later.
Police told local news station KTRK that the Armstrongs’ teenage son had been charged with murder, though no motive had been identified. The 16-year-old was also the one to call 911 around 1:30 a.m. Friday.
“There was nothing left out, there was no neglect or anything, nothing that could even possibly justify the situation,” Dawn’s cousin Vaun Lee told KTRK. “This makes no sense. No sense.”
That the couple have two other children, both of whom were in the home at the time of the shooting. Both were unharmed.
“This was an outstanding family. The male of the family was an absolute hard-working breadwinner. He was an associate pastor in the area church. He’s a great guy,” Houston Police Department homicide investigator Jimmy Dodson told KPRC2. “The mother was apparently a great mother, according to family members. Like I said, it was kind of the all-American family.”
Investigators said there was no sign of struggle in the bedroom and no sign of forced entry into the home.
Antonio, who played linebacker for the Texas A&M Aggies and the Miami Dolphins, was named first-team Associated Press All-America linebacker in 1994 and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
An ankle fracture in training camp led to his release that October. He signed with the Dolphins and played in four games with Miami that season, logging four solo tackles. He was remembered by former A&M head coach R.C. Slocum.
“Antonio was a special young man. He was an All-American and an outstanding player, but he was an even better person. He was such a positive influence on his teammates. He always had a great big smile and was a joy to coach,” Slocum said in a statement released Friday afternoon on Twitter.