HOUSTON -- Last week Prezton Edwards, 16, vowed that he would fight to the death to defend his mom from an estranged boyfriend who continued to threaten her after she broke off the relationship, according to friends.
“And he even said a couple days ago I would die before I let that man do anything to my mother,” said Edwards’ friend Natasha Davis.
Edwards was true to his word. Baytown Police say he died early Monday morning trying to save his mom from an attack by Dene McCarter, 43, at his mom’s apartment at E. James Street and Kilgore Road.
Police said McCarter calmly walked into the apartment and attacked Tanya Edwards, 39, in her bedroom. Prezton Edwards reportedly jumped on the attacker’s back in an attempt to stop him and was stabbed in the neck. Police said that after McCarter walked away the 16-year-old stumbled to the apartment complex sidewalk and died in a neighbor’s arms.
“The boy was bleeding just profusely,” said Chase Maynard who tried to save the teen. “I just took my shirt off put it around his chest and just held him and unfortunately by the time the paramedics came he was gone.”
Maynard said McCarter then calmly walked to his truck and drove away.
“He just walked right out just as calm as can be after killing somebody,” said Maynard.
Tanya Edwards was rushed to Memorial Hermann in the Texas Medical Center where Baytown Police say she was in ICU in guarded by stable condition with as many as 20 knife wounds.
McCarter was arrested hiding in his truck under a Gulf Freeway overpass near downtown Houston. Detectives said the suspect surrendered without a struggle, and he was transported back to Baytown for questioning.
Only KHOU 11 News was there as McCarter was taken into custody under Interstate 45 early Monday morning.
McCarter had been threatening his ex-girlfriend ever since she’d broken off their relationship three weeks ago, according to police.
Friends, who by Monday afternoon began placing flowers and balloons at the site where Prezton Edwards died, said he was a student at Ross S. Sterling High School in Goose Creek CISD.
“It was just crazy. I was so heartbroken,” said friend Dezalai Cormer as she stood at the blood-stained spot on the sidewalk where her friend died. “I don’t wish death on nobody. But I hope they execute him. I don’t want him living on this earth no more,” she said of the suspect.
Monday afternoon McCarter was jailed on charges of murder and aggravated assault.
Jordan Prater said he will always remember his friend.
“He’s always been a hero and that’s the way he’s going to stay remembered,” Prater said.