'Pray for this family:' 9-year-old killed in front of her mother at Heights-area apartment, HPD says

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022
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In an interview exclusive to ABC13, HPD Chief Troy Finner explained how Khylie Sorrels' murder has a far-reaching and personal impact on his department.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A 22-year-old murder suspect, who authorities said shot his ex-girlfriend's 9-year-old daughter in the head, is in custody.

Houston police were looking for Jeremiah Jones after a deadly shooting at a Heights-area apartment complex late Monday night.

Jones was taken into custody at about 6 p.m. by HPD SWAT & Tactical Team officers in a parking lot in the 22300 block of Imperial Valley Drive, HPD tweeted late Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier, police had said Jones was charged with capital murder in the death of 9-year-old Khylie Sorrells, whose mother was also wounded in the same incident.

Police were called to that shooting at about 9:54 p.m. at the complex at 404 Oxford St., near E. 4th Street.

According to HPD Lt. J.P. Horelica, there was what authorities described as a domestic disturbance between the mother, Brittany Sorrells, and Jones.

At some point, Jones shot Brittany, but Khylie was also hit, Horelica said.

Khylie was shot in the head and taken to the hospital, where she died. Brittany was shot twice in the arm and also taken to a hospital.

Another child, a toddler, was in the home at the time of the shooting. Police said she was unharmed and is in the care of family members.

HPD Chief Troy Finner said in a statement that Khylie was a student and member of HPD's Police Activities League (PAL) program.

Xavier Alvarez, a neighbor, remembers hearing a noise in the apartment unit below his, followed by shots.

"I heard the gunshots, I immediately went outside to see what's going on," said Alvarez, who said the Sorrells had lived there less than a year. "Then, I heard the lady screaming. I told my wife to call 911 and I ended up calling 911 as well."

Prior to Jones's arrest, Houston police placed surveillance on several locations where they thought he may appear, including his mother's home.

Finner visited with the Sorrells family hours before Jones's arrest. In an exclusive interview with ABC13, Finner said he promised the family that Jones would be found.

"If you visit with a lot of families, especially young victims, not too many of them I don't contact," said Finner. "I think it's important that they hear from the chief of police, and let them know we're going to stand with them until the very end."

Court records show Jones has an extensive criminal history. The most recent charges include evading arrest, making terroristic threats, and violating the terms of his bond.

"All I ask is the citizens, and everybody else, pray for this family. This is a dear family that lost a kid," said Finner.

The family created a GoFundMe page to help with funeral arrangements.