Man shot, killed during violent home invasion in Galveston

As family members mourn the death of a Galveston man killed in the robbery, detectives search for more clues in his murder
October 15, 2013 8:12:33 PM PDT
A deadly home invasion rocked a neighborhood in Galveston. A 31-year-old man was killed and as we learn more about the victim, police continue to piece together what happened.

It happened after midnight on Back Bay Circle Drive at Heards.

Galveston police say at least two suspects barged into the home. Authorities believe robbery was the motive. The homeowner, identified as Cederick Champion, 31, was shot to death.

"He's a good person. He didn't bother nobody. Everytime you see him he was by himself, with my son or his girlfriend," said his aunt, who identified herself only as Margaret.

Friends say he didn't deserve this.

"CC wasn't a person that bothered anybody like that, like he was easy to get along with," said one friend with whom we spoke.

"The person I knew, I didn't think anyone would harm him," said Champion's friend, Brittney Otems.

Authorities say after a struggle inside of the home, Champion was shot and killed. His fiance was a witness to the murder.

"She was very shaken up and she did not know the suspects at the time," said Capt. Jeff Heyse with the Galveston Police Department.

Officers canvassing the area after the shooting spotted a white Dodge truck with two people matching the description of the suspects. Galveston police say the passenger of the truck, 33-year-old David Keith Allen, has been charged with capital murder. The driver of the truck was detained for questioning, but has since been released. The search for the second suspect, a light-skinned Hispanic male, continues.

Police say the investigation is still in the early stages, but they did recover evidence that connects the suspects with the crime.

"I'm glad that from what I heard, that they did catch two suspects," said family friend Margaret O'Neal.

Neighbors tell us they have seen suspicious activity around the house in the past and have had their concerns.

"They were really good people you know, they were good neighbors but I do think probably was something going on there because there was a lot of traffic there at night," said a neighbor.

Police were initially looking for a third person, but they now say there are no further suspects.

When we asked if a gun and/or any drugs were found, they did say "yes.''

Three Galveston ISD schools were on lockdown as a precaution during the police investigation. Lockdown procedures for Oppe Elementary, Parker Elementary, and Early Childhood University at Weis campuses were lifted at 10am.

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