Brothers shot after confronting vandals

March 21, 2009 4:53:08 PM PDT
A teenager was shot to death and his younger brother wounded after trying to protect property at a southwest Houston apartment complex. Family members say the victim, a young father, was just trying to do the right thing.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The shooters are on the loose. Family members say the teen had lived at the complex off Fondren and Portal for just a short time.

Police are still looking for three suspects in the case. Neighbors are stunned by the shooting, trying to make sense over what seems like a senseless crime.

Angela Davis is still in shock after watching her young neighbor die, saddened to think he lost his life over something so trivial.

"He started staggering from here, he staggered there and fell. I tried to put my finger over there because air was escaping. We lost him right there," said Davis.

Police say Marquis Donahue, 18, was outside his apartment around 7:45pm Friday night when he saw three men trying to smash through a back fence. Upset by the scene, he reportedly ordered the men to stop and that's when one of them pulled out a gun and fired.

Donahue was shot in the chest and died. His 16-year-old brother who was visiting Donahue was shot in the leg, but survived. Their mother arrived a short time later.

"He just had a baby about four months ago. He didn't even live long enough to see his baby grow up," said Donahue's mother, Tenola Smith.

Neighbors say this is not the first time someone has smashed in the fence, although no one seems to know exactly why it has happened. Donahue, who had just moved to the apartment three months ago, was said to be tired of the repeated damage. That frustration apparently cost him his life.

"A human being just had no respect for a person's life, to take his life over a fence. I could see if he was defending his life, but no, not for a fence. I'm just deeply saddened by it. He was just a baby, just a child," said Davis.

Police are looking for three suspects. The main suspect is a black male between the ages of 16-20, around 5'5", 120 pounds, with shorter length dreadlocks.

If you have any information on this case, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. You don't have to give your name.

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