Antonio Armstrong, a pastor and former Texas A&M and Miami Dolphins linebacker, and his wife, Dawn, dearly loved each other and their three children, including the 16-year-old son, who allegedly shot them to death and would often brag about his “attractive” girlfriend on social media.
The teenage son of Antonio and Dawn Armstrong, both 42 and who were shot early Friday in their home in Houston, Texas, was identified by local media as Antonio Armstrong Jr., or A.J. Armstrong, who has been charged with double homicide and will be tried as a juvenile.
A note found lying near the gun that was used in the shooting, said, “I’ve been watching you.” Police have not disclosed who wrote the note – one of the parents or the son.
While the motive remains unknown, A.J. often posted pictures of his girlfriend on Twitter, in a manner that might have possibly upset his parents.
On July 9, he tweeted her picture, saying, “Y’all wtf look at my girl.” On May 29, he wrote, “Dang, my girl cute asf.”
Antonio Armstrong was assistant pastor at the Spirit and Life Kingdom Center church in southwest Houston, which is led by his mother, Pastor Kay Shorter. Antonio and Dawn were also involved in the church’s marriage ministry.
Two days after the tragedy, Shorter preached in the church Sunday.
“Don’t believe the lie that this is the will of God,” Shorter told the congregation, according to theHouston Chronicle. “God doesn’t take life. He gives life.” She added that she had made “the decision to bless the Lord … when there’s good news … (and when) tears are running down my face.”
She continued, “I’m blessing Him for the life of my son, my firstborn. I’m blessing Him for life today; I’m blessing Him for the opportunity to carry that child, to give birth to that child, to raise that child. I’m blessing Him for the impact that child had on other people’s lives.”
Shorter said she doesn’t know why her son and daughter-in-law were killed.
After the service, Shorter said she never thought of taking Sunday off. “I had to come,” she was quoted as saying. “Antonio would have said to me, ‘Momma, are you coming to church today?’”
She explained she had “gotten so much strength and encouragement just from being here today, that’s what I was looking for… just the people standing there, the spiritual experience, it’s what the Lord does in you and through you.”
In an interview with local station ABC13, she said, “He was just that loving kind gracious young man and my daughter, she was the same way. She was so giving and loving and caring.”
Antonio and his wife, Dawn, apparently loved each other and their children dearly.
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