Author Margaret Downing

Former NFL player Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, were shot at their Houston home Friday morning.Screencap/KTRK

Former NFL player Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, were shot at their Houston home Friday morning.

Early Friday around 1:30 a.m., a 16-year-old boy shot and killed his mother and nearly killed his father, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to various reports.

The 16-year-old, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, has been charged with murder, and a spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office says those charges may be upgraded to capital murder if his father dies in the hospital.

The parents have been identified as Dawn Whitley Armstrong and Antonio Armstrong, who played football at Texas A&M University and then for the Miami Dolphins as a linebacker. The Armstrongs own a fitness gym in Bellaire called First Class Training and have been  married for about 20 years, the Houston Chronicle reported. They live just north of Bellaire, in a residential area near Chimney Rock and Gulfton.

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Against boarded up windows and smoke-stained white bricks rests the memorial for Karen Perez. Candles, crosses and Bible verses and a flurry of pink and red flowers decorate the ground. Stuffed bears are tucked in the branches of two trees, serving almost as pillars framing the memorial site. And what appears to be Perez’s quinceañera photo is nailed to the boarded window — the surrounding messages of love and flowery tributes contrast eerily with the deteriorated building and what happened inside.

In May, Perez’s teen boyfriend brutally raped and murdered her in one of the vacant apartments, prosecutors allege. Though the South Houston Police Department claimed they searched the abandoned lot and failed to find her body, a Texas Equusearch crew found Perez stuffed underneath a kitchen sink.

The boyfriend’s cellphone records would later prove he had threatened to kill Perez if she did not skip school with him to have sex with him that day. He recorded nearly the entire attack on his phone, as Perez pleaded with him, saying, “I don’t want to die.” (He reportedly admitted to the murder after the records surfaced).

Now, after Perez’s family and community members have demanded the vacant lot be demolished, Perez’s mother, Rocio Perez, is suing the apartment building’s owner, 1600 Avenue M LLC, claiming that, had they taken reasonable precautions to secure and monitor the building, her daughter would still be alive today. Since it’s directly across from South High School, where Perez was a freshman, attorneys argue that the owners’ lack of precautions were grossly negligent, and they should have reasonably anticipated teenagers and other trespassers partaking in dangerous criminal activity as a result.

The University of Texas Board of Regents approved the university system’s largely restrictive campus-carry rules Wednesday, striking down only one controversial provision.

 At UT-Austin, professors will be able to prohibit guns in their individual offices; the school is the only public university in the state to adopt this rule. The board of regents won’t, however, move forward with a rule that would have banned gun carriers from having any chambered rounds in their semiautomatic handguns anywhere on campus. UT-Austin President Gregory Fenves argued that keeping the chambered rounds out of guns would be safer, guarding against accidental discharges — but the board apparently didn’t buy it.

The no-chambered-rounds ban would have forced gun carriers to manually cock pistols before firing.

Christopher Hendricks with his mom, Tamara Hendricks

Christopher Hendricks with his mom, Tamara Hendricks

Christopher Hendricks’ family learned the details of his suicide through a Harris County Sheriff’s Office press release.

On June 17, 37-year-old Hendricks hung himself in a shower inside the Harris County jail’s medical detox tank, where his sister says he was likely placed because he suffered from alcoholism. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Hendricks had no pulse when they found him, but medical personnel were able to restore his vitals. He was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Medical Center — where, almost immediately, doctors knew he would likely never wake up.

His family wouldn’t find out what had happened to Hendricks until two days after he was taken to the hospital.

“That’s probably the part that hurts the most,” said his sister, Tamara Moe.

Christy SheatsScreenshot/Facebook

Christy Sheats

After Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls sat down with Jason Sheats — whose wife, Christy Sheats, killed their two daughters before a police officer fatally shot her — Nehls made public what Jason believed may have led to the tragic event.

“We asked Mr. Sheats for a motive in his own words, and why would Christy kill their two daughters,” Nehls said at a news conference. “He stated that he felt Christy wanted him to suffer. During this incident, Christy had ample time and opportunity to shoot and kill Mr. Sheats in the home, but she chose not to. Mr. Sheats stated Christy knew how much he loved Taylor and Madison, and how much they loved him.”

Rhonda Williams waited 40 years to tell her story publicly.Stanton Stephens

Rhonda Williams waited 40 years to tell her story publicly.

For a moment, she thinks it’s her dad. Then she opens her eyes and sees it’s Dean Corll, the electrician who’s renting this house in Pasadena. She looks over and sees her friend Wayne Henley handcuffed, his feet bound, his mouth duct-taped. She looks to the other side, and there’s the boy Tim she hadn’t met until the night before, when she escaped from her father’s home in the Heights. He’s tied and taped, too.

Dean’s still berating her when she looks down at her own body and realizes she’s also been tied. Dean never liked her — never liked any girls — but this is unexpected. Dean had disappeared before she passed out; retreated to his bedroom, saying something about having to work in the morning. The three plopped down on the living-room carpet and got to feeling good. Wayne and Tim were huffing acrylic paint from a bag; all three shared shots of Wayne’s dad’s moonshine. She had taken a puff of a joint that one of them passed her way, and then it was lights out.