Family has message after loved one is murdered for cell phone, cash at Subway

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by Tim Wetzel / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on September 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 5:08 PM

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HOUSTON—The family of a man who was shot and killed at a Subway restaurant in southeast Houston last week is speaking out about the loss of their loved one. Christopher McGrew died on September 17 after he was fatally shot by a teen robber.

According to Houston police, Xavier Jones and Dante Talbert, both 17 years old, were armed when they went into the shop in the 6400 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard around 9:20 p.m.

They held up two restaurant employees and McGrew, a 36-year-old customer who did not want to hand over his cell phone and cash.

Police said one of the teens shot McGrew before they both fled the scene. Employees were able to give a good description because the teens been in the store already twice that evening. The third time, they came in with guns.

McGrew’s devastated family members hope his death is a lesson for all.

“We hope that people, young people, learn from this that your life can be taken in an instant. Just give it to them, don’t fight,” said Angela Frazier, the victim’s cousin. “And to the ones who are committing it, understand that at the end of the day, if somebody does not take you out, you have to look at a judge and jury and tell them why was it was so important for you to do what you did.”

Police said Talbert was already wanted for at least two other robberies. During questioning, police say he named Jones as the triggerman. Jones turned 17 on the day he's accused of committing  murder.

“Someone had the thought to do something crazy, and my son ended up being victimized,” Charles Johnson, the victim’s father said. “My heart goes out to their family, as well as the rest of my family.”

McGrew’s family said Subway was a favorite late-night spot for him. He worked at his family’s upholstery business and was trying to turn his life around. The teens charged with capital murder in his death are both fathers of young children.

A fund has been set up at Chase Bank to help with McGrew’s funeral expenses:

Johnson Frazier/ Christopher McGrew

Acct. # 2980115528

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