Parents of teens fatally shot at house party plead for answers

Charges were dropped against a man deputies had arrested in the case. A new reward is also being offered to catch the killers
November 13, 2013 2:41:48 PM PST
The parents of the two teenagers who died at a northwest Harris County house party are now calling for an internal investigation at the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Charges were dropped on Tuesday against a man deputies had arrested in the case. So right now, there's only one suspect behind bars, but authorities believe there could be another two at large and a new reward is being offered to catch them.

Together in their pain, the fathers of the two teens who lost their lives in the mass shooting at a birthday party came forward to plea for help.

"I ask everyone that was at that party to please come forward. If Arielle was your friend, please come forward and say something," said Terrence Shepherd.

His daughter, 17-year-old Arielle Shepherd, lost her life Saturday night after gunfire broke out during an 18-year-old's birthday party.

Also killed was 17-year-old Qu'eric Richardson. His father on Wednesday also pleaded for any of the estimated 100 partygoers to speak up.

"If it were them dead, them gone, how they would want someone to give answers to their mother and their father," Richardson's father, Lawrence Guidry, said.

Since the shooting happened, investigators have had conflicting information regarding the suspects. The Harris County Sheriff's Office initially arrested two men only to release one of them, admitting they had the wrong guy.

Activists are now calling for an investigation of the sheriff's office's handling of the case. They are also asking local teens to drop the so called "no-snitch" policy they say is preventing witnesses from coming forward.

"We know threats are going around, but don't allow them to make you so afraid you'll let the lives of innocent people -- two young, innocent people -- go unsolved," community activist Quanell X said.

Quanell X says he would give out $2,000 from his own pocket for information that could lead to the suspects.

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