Teen who murdered mother and ex-NFL father dialed 911, blamed masked intruder

The teen son of NFL linebacker Antonio Armstrong allegedly murdered his parents and then told police it was a masked intruder, prosecutors revealed.

Antonio and Dawn Armstrong were found shot in bed at their Bellaire, Texas home around 2.15am on Friday. A pillow had been placed over each of their faces.

Dawn, 42, was discovered dead at the scene. Antonio, also 42, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was rushed to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Their 16-year-old son, who has been charged with murder, called 911 around 1:40am while hiding in the closet.

They were found shot in bed at their Bellaire, Texas home around 2.15am on Friday. A pillow had been placed over each of their faces

He told the emergency dispatcher he had seen a masked man inside his home and then hid in a closet on the house’s third floor, according to prosecutors.

Antonio’s handgun, which had been used to kill the Texas A&M football star, was found by police on the kitchen counter, according to KTRK.

Next to it was a note that read: ‘I’ve been watching you.’

Police were immediately skeptical when the 16-year-old son had to turn off an expensive security system to let them in, prosecutors said.

Officers also found no signs of forced entry, according to KHOU.

The couple’s 12-year-old daughter slept through the entire thing in her second-floor bedroom.

Investigators said the 16-year-old admitted he had experimented how to silence the gun with blankets and pillows in the last week, ABC 13 reported.

Armstrong was a college All-American with Texas A&M in 1994, before being drafted in the sixth-round by the San Francisco 49ers

Dawn was found dead at the scene, while Antonio, 42, was rushed to hospital where he later died. Their 16-year-old son, who has been charged with murder, called 911 around 1.40am

But the teen continues to deny he had any involvement in the murders, and many members of his family showed up to support him in court on Monday.

Houston police said they had yet to determine a motive.

‘It was kind of the All-American family, that’s why we’re trying to get down to figure out what’s going on in this household,’ HPD homicide detective Jimmy Dodson said.

Vaun Lee Armstrong, Dawn’s cousin, was equally perplexed by the tragic murders.

‘They’re the family that everyone wanted to be like…her and Antonio together, they are what they call a power couple,’ she told reporters.

‘There was nothing left out. There was no neglect or anything. There was nothing that even could possibly have justified this situation.’

‘This doesn’t even make sense. It makes no sense.

Armstrong, pictured coaching a youth football team, played four games for the Miami Dolphins in 1995

Armstrong was a college All-American with Texas A&M in 1994, before being drafted in the sixth round by the San Francisco 49ers.

In 1995, he played four games for the Miami Dolphins, while also spending three seasons in the CFL with the British Columbia Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Since retiring, Armstrong went into motivational speaking, and opened a fitness company called 1st Class Training with Dawn. They had three locations across Houston.

He was also an associate pastor at Spirit and Life Kingdom Center in Houston, a church led by his mother Pastor Kay Shorter.

The Armstrongs also have a 20-year-old son named Josh, who signed to play football for Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi in 2014.

Former Texas A&M coach RC Slocum released a statement after learning of his former player’s death.

‘Antonio was a special young man. He was an All-American and an outstanding player, but he was an even better person,’ Slocum said.

‘He was such a positive influence on his teammates. He always had a great big smile and was a joy to coach.’

Prosecutors said there has been discussion to trying the 16-year-old as an adult, but currently he remains in the juvenile system.

They said they may also attempt to upgrade the charges from murder to capital murder, which would make the teen eligible for the death penalty in Texas.

Since retiring, Armstrong went into motivational speaking, and opened a fitness company called 1st Class Training with Dawn. They had three locations across Houston 

Source: The DailyMail

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