The teenage son of a former Miami Dolphins linebacker has been charged with killing his father and mother at their Houston home.
The 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile and being questioned by investigators in connection with the deaths of Antonio and Dawn Armstrong, NBC affiliate KPRC reported.
Two of the couple’s other children were in the house when the shootings happened around 2 a.m. local time Friday and neither was hurt, the station reported. A stunned investigator who called the Armstrongs an “all-American family” said they have not yet determined a motive.
“This was an outstanding family,” Houston police homicide investigator Jimmy Dodson told KPRC. “He was an associate pastor in the area church. He’s a great guy. The mother was apparently a great mother, according to family members.” Police did not release the accused teen’s name because of his age. Dawn Armstrong died at the scene, police said. Her husband was pronounced dead later at Memorial Hermann Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head.
Before turning pro, Armstrong was a college football star at Texas A&M, where he played for the Aggies from 1991 to 1994 and a cornerstone of the school’s famed “Wrecking Crew” defense.
An ankle fracture in training camp led to his release that October. He signed with the Dolphins and played in four games with Miami that season, logging four solo tackles.
The Miami Dolphins said in a statement that they were “saddened by the tragic” deaths. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time,” the team said.
While the Houston police are yet to determine a motive for the murder, KTRK reports investigators did find a note next to a smoking gun, which read, “I’ve been watching you.”
“They’re the family that everyone wanted to be like… her and Antonio together, they are what they call a power couple,” Dawn’s cousin, Vaun Lee Armstrong said. “There was nothing left out. There was no neglect or anything. There was nothing that even could possibly have justified this situation.” Antonio Armstrong played four games for the Miami Dolphins in 1995, while spending three seasons in the CFL with the British Columbia Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. After retiring from the League, he ventured into motivational speaking and opened a fitness company called 1st Class Training with his wife, Dawn.