Man found dead inside Pearland home

October 10, 2010 4:56:25 PM PDT
A man is dead, shot in his home in a Pearland neighborhood early Sunday morning. His wife was also threatened in the attack. The call came in to deputies as a home invasion. The suspect was making his way into the victims' house and demanded money at gunpoint. The wife managed to escape. She believes her husband put his life on the line to protect her.

Anthony Williams' friends and family are usually at church on Sunday morning. Instead, they watched in horror as medical examiners wheeled his body out of his Pearland home.

"We're shocked. We're devastated. The family is really in shock," said the victim's friend, Rochunda Ensley.

Investigators say they were called out to the Williams' home in the 3100 block of Springdale around 2am. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots. Authorities arrived to find Williams dead, shot several times. They're calling it a home invasion.

"Is there anyone in custody, any suspects, any person of interest?" we asked.

"No, not at this time," said Investigator Reuben Aguilar with the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office.

"Is there an active search going on?" we asked.

"We're conducting an investigation," said Aguilar. "We're still in the process of gathering information."

Friends say Williams' wife, 37-year-old Kimberly, was also in the house, when the gunman followed her husband inside the front door and put a gun to her head. The home alarm went off. She ran out of the house before her husband was shot.

"He was just a people person. So you would never think that he would get into an argument or altercation with anyone," said the victim's friend, Hattie Mitchell.

Deputies combed an open field behind the house and towed Williams' truck, calling it 'evidence.' His father-in-law hopes it leads to the gunman.

"Ya'll killed a good man," said Williams' father-in-law, Gerald Smith. "What it was about I don't know, but I know you did kill him."

Meantime, his family says their prayers on this Sunday are stronger than ever.

"Just come forward, you know. At least make it easier for us. Give us some closure," said family friend Clyde Wright.

According to Harris County records, Williams does have a criminal history. Still, investigators do not believe this to be drug-related.


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