Ex-NFL Player Antonio Armstrong And Wife Killed, Police Arrest Son

The 16-year-old is charged with capital murder over the shooting.

Former NFL player Antonio Armstrong and his wife were pronounced dead after the couple’s teenage son shot them, police in Texas say.

Authorities charged the couple’s 16-year-old son with capital murder following the shooting early Friday at their home in southwest Houston, according to Click2Houston.

Police said that Armstrong’s wife, Dawn, died at the scene, the Houston Chronicle reports. Antonio Armstrong died of his injuries at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Both parents were 42 years old.

Police said two of the couple’s three children were at home at the time of the shooting. No motive has been released, according to ABC-13. 

“This was an outstanding family,” Houston police homicide investigator Jimmy Dodson told Click2Houston. “He was an associate pastor in the area church. He’s a great guy. The mother was apparently a great mother, according to family members.”

Armstrong played linebacker for the Miami Dolphins during his stint in the NFL. After his football days, he started the First Class Training gym in Bellaire, Texas. He was known as a motivational speaker and health advocate.

He was remembered as a stand-out defensive player during his college career at Texas A&M. The school shared a tribute to Armstrong on Twitter: