SPRING, Texas (KTRK) -- The family of a woman, who was killed in her Spring home on Monday while her five children slept, confirmed she was pregnant at the time.
Shaterica Anderson's longtime boyfriend, Johnny Ray Landry, has been charged with her murder and is on the run, according to authorities.
"One of the last things she said, 'If I die, Jeremy, I want you to know he did it. He killed me,'" said Jeremy Narcisse, Anderson's brother.
Newly released court records detail a gruesome scene the morning of Nov. 22.
Investigators said Landry's sister said he called her at 2:20 a.m., saying Landry had accidentally shot Anderson while they were struggling over a handgun.
The five children were sleeping when investigators arrived, but detectives said the oldest, who is 9 years old, said she later received a phone call from Landry with the same information.
"It takes a monster for you to call your kid and tell them that their mother is gone," said Jacoby Ashton, Anderson's brother. "Who does that? After you kill their mother, you call them to tell them that you killed her."
When deputies arrived, they said Anderson had been shot four times. The wounds were on her face and head.
The children, ages 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5, are now with Anderson's mother in Louisiana.
Anderson was sexually assaulted last March by a uniformed Harris County deputy in his patrol car, and her daughter was there when it happened.
Kenneth Reed, 45, has since been fired in response to the incident. But, since Anderson's death, prosecutors said the criminal case against him is now under review.
"My sister has done no one any harm. No wrong to anyone," said Narcisse. "Now, she has two offenders. She has the law offending her and then she has this boyfriend of hers."
This is part of an increase in domestic violence-related deaths in Harris County. According to Houston Police records, in 2020, there were 37 intimidate partner homicides in the county. In 2021, there have already been 51 intimate partner homicides since October.
Maisha Colter, CEO of AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) said the warning signs, in this case, are troubling.
"One of the primary warning signs is incidents of abuse within 30 days from the date the person was killed, a history of domestic violence in that relationship, if there was easy access to weapons, particularly guns, that is all cause for concern," Colter said. "We find of those who die at the hand of their abuser, those risk factors are elevated."
According to Colter, Harris County is consistently the highest number of domestic violence fatalities in all of Texas.
"I encourage anyone who feels like they may be in danger to contact organizations like ours," Colter said. "What we can do and what experts can do is help an individual with a safety plan. Safety planning is the most important and critical thing when deciding to leave a relationship. That includes an assessment about where they would go and what they would need. It's important for people in these situations to realize they are not alone, and there are plenty of resources in our community that can help them leave these situations."
If you need help getting out of a domestic violence situation, call the Houston Area Women's Center 24/7 hotline at 713-528-2121 or call AVDA at 713-224-9911.