Teen brothers were 'randomly murdered' in Fort Bend Co. shooting, family says

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Monday, December 14, 2020
Teen brothers were 'randomly murdered,' family says
"These were innocent, innocent boys. They were babies." A family friend says the crime that took the lives of two young boys needs to stop. Hear their story in the video above.

FRESNO, Texas (KTRK) -- Authorities have identified the victims of a deadly shooting in Fresno Saturday night.

According to an update issued by the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, 15-year-old Devin Massey and 17-year-old Jonathan Massey were killed in the 300 block of Broadmore near FM-521 around 8 p.m.

The two brothers were known as having respectful character and having charisma, according to their family.

Read the full statement from the family below:

"With the greatest sorrow ever, I give a statement on behalf of the family. Our children were randomly murdered last night and we would like to ask for prayers and justice. It Is beyond senseless and cruel to kill our babies under any circumstances. Even more so without rhyme or reason. God Is head of our family and Jojo and Devin are now walking streets of gold and wearing wings over us left behind. As parents we ask for any leads big or small. Social media posts, cameras and whatever else could lead to the capture of these ruthless murderers. As Christians we ask for prayers and unity. As humans we ask the gunmen to please turn to God and turn yourself into police. Get this off your chest before judgement day.
We want our boys to be remembered for their respectful character and their charismatic, fun loving ways. Their talents on and off the football field since birth. Their loyalty to their family and kindness to their friends never wavered. Their spirit will always make us smile through the humorous memories of our two young boys.
To my sweet Jojo and Devin, your life was shortened but your impact is mighty and forever powerful."

Meanwhile, a friend of the brothers' family, Rebekah Foley, spoke with ABC13's Tom Abrahams Sunday night.

She said Jonathan, who was known as Jojo, was a junior at Ridge Point while Devin was a freshman.

She said the two were close and both played high school football.

"Just very good kids, very respectful, very charismatic ... the type of kids that volunteer and that play football, just generally all good kids," she said.

WATCH: "These were innocent, innocent boys. They were babies." | Hear family friend's message to the shooter

In the video above, a family friend remembers the teens as "respectful" and "just generally good kids." She also has a strong message to those responsible.

Foley's son was good friends with the brothers and said they practically grew up together. She said both Jonathan and Devin were at her house just two hours before the deadly shooting.

"This could happen to anyone," she said.

"This was just a random act of violence. The boys had just come home from the grocery store and the guys just pulled up on them and walked to the car and shot them up," she said. "They had no chance."

Foley is urging the shooters to come forward and is begging for justice.

"The crime needs to stop," she begged. "These were innocent boys ... they were just kids."

According to deputies, people wearing masks drove up and opened fire on the people who were sitting inside a vehicle in a driveway.

A third person was also shot and taken to a hospital in serious condition.

The victims may have returned fire before the suspects fled the scene, according to investigators.

One person was detained for questioning, but their involvement in the incident wasn't immediately clear.

Ridge Point High School offered condolences on the tragic death, saying the teens were students at the school.

"The Ridge Point High School community is deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of two of our students. We extend our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the families during this difficult time and offer them our love and support while protecting their right to privacy. The school, with the full support of Fort Bend ISD, will utilize every resource available to provide our community with counseling services as we safeguard their emotional wellbeing."

A GoFundMe account has been created to help the Massey family.