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'System failed my family' | Suspect out on bond now wanted for the murder of young woman with 5 kids

“She really tried to escape from him. She really did. From my understanding he was threatening our family to keep her around," the victim's brother said.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A young woman who was gunned down with her five children sleeping nearby had tried to leave the man accused of killing her, according to her brother.

Harris County Sheriff deputies are looking for 48-year-old Johnny "Ray Ray" Landry who is charged with the murder of 28-year-old Shaterica Anderson. Landry is the father of Anderson's five children.

Family members say the children, ages 3 to 9, don't know yet that their mother is dead.

According to HCSO, Landry fled after the early Monday morning shooting in the 5900 block of Cypresswood Green Drive. He was last known to be driving a silver, four-door Ford Flex with Texas license plate number NNV-6613.

Deputies confirmed Landry was out on bond prior to this shooting for making a terroristic threat towards Anderson in a family violence case.

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According to the victim’s brother, Jacoby Ashton, Anderson tried leaving Landry several times and they were broken up when she was murdered.

“She really tried to escape from him. She really did. From my understanding he was threatening our family to keep her around.”

He describes his sister as a kind, loving, hard worker who adored her kids.

“I watched her get two or three jobs just to make sure they would have something for Christmas or their birthdays,” Ashton said. ”She always made sure that her kids never went without.”

 “My sister was the most loving person that you could ever encounter. She had a beautiful smile. Smile for days!”

Credit: Family photo
Shaterica Anderson, 28, was gunned down with her 5 children sleeping nearby. The father of those children is charged with killing her.

Although investigators say the suspect’s sister reported that Anderson and Landry were struggling over a gun, Ashton doesn’t believe that. He said once he saw the murder scene, it was clear to him she didn’t put up a fight and was asleep when she was shot.

“It definitely wasn’t a fight. It was just cold-blooded murder. It was just pure evil what he did to her. For him to do that with the kids in the house… thank God that they stayed asleep.”

Landry’s criminal history goes back to 1990. Court documents show his charges include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated robbery.

“The system really failed my family this time.”

Ashton’s message for Landry; “You will never rest peacefully as long as I’m alive because I will make sure that we find you.”

Ashton says his five nieces and nephews are with their maternal grandmother. A Gofundme page has been set up to help the family. Click here to help. 

If you know of Landry's whereabouts or have any information on this shooting that could help police locate him, please call 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

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