Slain teen was 'at wrong place, wrong time'

November 20, 2009 9:16:14 PM PST
A popular high school junior died was fatally shot late Thursday night because of the rims on his car, Houston police said. Investigators are now looking for that vehicle and the people who killed Deandre Elliott. Police said Elliot had just left his girlfriend's apartment near Cullen and Wenda when shots rang out.

Kenneth Parker, whose daughter was dating Elliot, said there was a knock on the door after the gunfire. Parker found the boy on their stoop with at least two gunshot wounds, Parker said. Elliot had somehow managed to make his way back from the parking lot for help and then collapsed.

"It's horrifying," Parker said. "Somebody you've been dating on and off for years since the 8th grade, and then you just open the door, and boom, there it is."

Parker said Elliot was practically family. The family's apartment stoop has been repainted, but his family is still wondering what happened.

"It looks like wrong place, wrong time," Bart Nabors, with HPD, said.

Police believe that Elliot was killed for the wheels on his car.

"It's about people wanting what other people got and not wanting to work for it," Parker said.

Eyewitnesses saw a man speeding away in Elliot's car -- a 1993 four-door, blue-green Buick Park Avenue with Texas License plate 552-GNK. The wheels are custom wire spoke ones worth as much as $2,000.

Friends are devastated about the loss of a teen with such a bright future.

"He wanted a scholarship and wanted to play football and finish high school," friend Nathan McAdams said. "That's all he wanted to do."

Parker said his daughter's doing OK considering what she saw. Anyone with information about Elliot's killing should call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).


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