Son Suspected After Ex-NFL Player And Wife Killed in Houston Shooting [UPDATED]

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.

"This was an outstanding family," Detective Jimmy Dotson told KTRK. "The male in the family was an absolute hard-working breadwinner. He's an associate pastor at a church in the area. The mother was apparently a great mother."

So far, police haven't determined what sparked the violence, according to reports. (An HPD spokesman wouldn't tell us anything, saying no details have been confirmed by homicide detectives yet.)

The couple had two teenage children whom the shooter left unharmed in the home, the Chron reported. In addition to being a pastor, Armstrong was also apparently a motivational speaker, posting frequent videos on YouTube, as KTRK reported. His latest was just last week.

Update, August 1, 4:25 p.m.: Antonio Armstrong has since died in the hospital. The district attorney's office is expected to upgrade the murder charges against Armstrong's son to capital murder.

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Meagan Flynn is a staff writer at the Houston Press who, despite covering criminal justice and other political squabbles in Harris County, drinks only one small cup of coffee per day.
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