Former Texas A&M star Antonio Armstrong and his wife Dawn were discovered dead in their home outside Houston on Friday.
The couple’s 16-year-old son, AJ Armstrong, has been accused of fatally shooting his parents. According to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, AJ “has been charged in connection with a shooting.” Soon after the discovery of the bodies of Antonio and Dawn, police announced that AJ was arrested.
“Former Texas A&M football lettermen and 1994 first-team Associated Press All-American Antonio Armstrong and wife, Dawn, passed away Friday in Houston,” a statement from Texas A&M said.
“Armstrong, a linebacker from Houston Kashmere High School, lettered for the Aggies from 1991-94 and was a two-time All-Southwest Conference selection.” The university noted that Antonio was the recipient of the All-America honors.
According to Click 2 Houston, family friend Scott Binkley lauded Armstrong as “one of A&M’s top 25 athletes.”
Antonio “did nothing but help people constantly. We are just shocked at what happened,” Binkley said. “And he was one of the kids that stayed focused. He knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior. He moved on with his life and just accomplished things that you couldn’t believe.”
As reported by KHOU, the Houston police received calls about the incident at the home of Antonio in the early morning hours of July 29. Dawn had succumbed to bullet wounds and died at the scene, while Antonio was found critically injured after being shot in the head. He was declared dead at a local hospital.
Dawn’s Facebook page shows she and Antonio served in a local Christian ministry called Spirit and Life Kingdom Center.
AJ’s Hudl page shows he is a football and basketball player at Kinkaid High School in Texas. According to his profile, his weight is 170 pounds and height is 6 feet. His Facebook page shows he will be graduating in 2018. He will be transferring to Lamar High School, Houston.
AJ’s older brother Josh graduated Kinkaid High School in 2014 and is an aspiring rapper.
Statement from former Texas A&M head coach R.C. Slocum on the passing of Antonio Armstrong pic.twitter.com/x208uVeJpr
— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) July 29, 2016