TEXAS CITY, Texas — It’s been a week since the bodies of three young children were discovered inside a Texas City apartment.
Five-year-old Angela Pilot, 2-year-old Prince Brown and one-month-old Ashanti Mehmood died after being stabbed and beaten.
Their mother, Kimaria Nelson, is still in the hospital recovering after being shot in the head, arm and leg.
Ashanti’s father, 27-year-old Junaid Mehmood, has been charged with capital murder.
It’s hard to imagine how anyone can continue living a normal life after an immense tragedy. Taurus Nelson is trying to do just that.
“It’s been horrific,” Nelson said. “It’s just been long, long. It’s terrible.”
Nelson is the victims’ grandfather.
He has since returned to work but can’t keep his mind off his three grandchildren.
“Just trying to hold up for everybody because it’s rough, man. It’s real rough," Nelson said.
On Nov. 23, 2018, Nelson met the newest member of his family for the first time. Ashanti would join big brother Prince and big sister Angela in sharing a piece of his heart.
Less than six weeks later, his heart was shattered after learning all three had been murdered.
“I mean, at this point now, I can’t believe my babies are gone and my daughter is going through this. It’s unreal,” Nelson said.
Nelson doesn’t think Kimaria is fully aware of what happened to her kids.
“Trying to have to tell her and trying to figure out how and when. What’s going to be a good time to tell her,” Nelson said. “I’m quite sure it’s going to be devastating. They’re her babies. She took care of her babies. She’s a good mother.”
Nelson feels the attention on his family has already faded unlike the focus other high-profile murder cases involving children like that of Jazmine Barnes.
“They’re still talking about that case, and I have three grandkids that I have to bury," Nelson said. "It’s not, no support to me. It’s like it’s swept under the rug. I’m just shocked. Totally shocked.”
He’s just asking for prayers and support as his family makes funeral arrangements.
The family has set up a “Nelson Memorial Fund." If you would like to donate, visit any Amergy Bank location and give them the account name.
A fundraiser will also be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at New Life Missionary Baptist Church.
The church is located at 821 Laurel St. La Marque, Texas 77568.