HOUSTON – Family members of two shooting victims spoke out Friday after a 17-year-old boy was charged with capital murder in two deaths.
Anthony Jamerson, of Houston, is charged with two counts of capital murder. He appeared before a judge in probable cause court early Friday morning. The judge denied bond for Jamerson.
Police said the teen is accused in two recent separate fatal shootings.
Angela Tippins said has been living a nightmare since her father’s death. Tommy Lee Thurman, a 55-year-old father and grandfather, was killed on May 11 when four peoples followed him and his female passenger into the parking lot at the America’s Bests Value Inn on Airline Drive. They shot him and then robbed him.
“All I had was my daddy, nobody else,” said Tippins. “All that shooting, killing and robbing people is unnecessary. People work hard for what they got and my dad worked hard for what he has. To provide for his family. He took care of me and my three children.”
Houston police arrested one of the suspects, Jamerson, on Friday morning. The bandage on his hand is what connected him to another murder on June 2, investigators said. That’s when four thieves stormed into the Phillips 66 gas station in Humble attempting to rob it, and shot 58-year-old Satish Patel, a father of two.
”We knew one thing—that one of those guys were injured and we were hoping that they’ll turn up at the hospital and seek medical attention and get caught that way. And that’s exactly as happened,” said Anand Patel, the victim’s cousin.
In both of those cases, Jamerson was believed to be with 18-year-old Jaylon Townsel. In a twist of events, Townsel was found dead in the back of a Dodge Charger in Fifth Ward on June 4. Jamerson was nearby. Police said Townsel died from gunshot wounds.
Now the victims’ families say they can look forward to justice for their loved ones and sleep a little easier knowing at least one of the suspects is behind bars.
”We hope we get justice. We don’t wish bad for nobody, but it can’t bring our daddy back. But I want him back,” said Tippins.