HOUSTON – Police said three children were left without parents following a tragic murder-suicide in a north Houston home.
It was reported on Berry near McGallion around 2 a.m. Thursday.
Police said a 7-year-old girl found her mother Candace Williams and step-dad Phillip Deckard, dead from an apparent murder-suicide. The couple had been married for only four months, according to family members.
"We believe she reported that she heard two (shots). She ran out of the house and that’s when the other children went and got the 1-year-old out of the house and waited for police to arrive," said Lt. JT. Barringer with HPD Homicide.
Police said the couple got into an argument and 24-year-old Deckard shot his 26-year-old wife in the head and then turned the gun on himself.
"That’s devastating. You know the effect it’s gonna have on the kids,” said Scheryl Broussard, William’s cousin. "Nurturing parent, you know loved her kids. She was about her children. Pretty quiet person. She wasn't the average social butterfly, she was a mom that took care of her kids and kept to herself."
While one close friend did mention she had to call the police in the past because the couple was fighting, other friends and family said, for the most part, the couple seemed happy.
"It was really unexpected. There was no indication of any problems. So I get a call this morning and someone is saying something happened to your niece," said David Sweazie, the victim’s uncle.
A neighbor that lived directly across from the Deckards said the family would attend church together, and seemed tight-knit. A friend said Williams had just started a new job working at a group home for children.
"The children would only play on the porch, so they were a very close knit family. I never seen them argue,” said Shamiravon Ross, a neighbor.
Family members are now caring for the children: 6-year-old Torian, 7-year-old Neira, and 1-year-old Paris.
"It’s gonna make the family stronger than it is. We have a very strong family and it’s only gonna get better. It’s about the children at this point," said Broussard.