Teen girl's body found in field

August 7, 2010 8:36:13 PM PDT
A family is devastated after the murder of a 14-year-old girl in north Houston. They say if she would have just called them, she could have gotten home safely. Instead, authorities say Shatavia Anderson became the victim of a deadly robbery. Investigators found her body near an apartment complex off Langwick and West Hard. It's gut-wrenching for her family members.

It's all the family could do -- wait and watch detectives search for clues.

"She was perfectly happy and jolly," said her grandmother, Sandra Lambert. "She wasn't afraid, nothing that would let us believe something was wrong."

Lambert, like any proud grandmother, showed off photos of Anderson. They're the last photographs she'll ever have.

Anderson's body was found dead in a field near her family's home at Crescent Apartments, authorities say. She was shot once in the torso.

"She just asked me to walk her half way, and I said, 'OK, I'm going to walk you half way,'" said her friend, Daniell Caldwell. "And then that was it."

Caldwell said she and Anderson had been walking around the area around 1am Saturday. The girls parted at a gas station.

Anderson then walked about a half-mile all by herself. That's when authorities say someone came from behind and shot Anderson once. Her purse was found nearby in a wooded area.

Lambert said Anderson may have been afraid to call home and get in trouble for staying out so late.

"Never be afraid to call home," Lambert said. "She could've called me. I'm her grandma. We talk all the time. I would've gotten up and went to pick her up. She just didn't call anybody."

Lambert said Anderson had just made the volleyball team at Nimitz High School and was excited about starting the new school year. Instead, authorities are now left trying to find the person who robbed and killed the 14-year-old.

Anyone with information regarding her death is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.


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