Friends and family members remember slain Lufkin mother, daughter as good, loving people

Source: Linda Harper)
Source: Linda Harper)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - As Angelina County law enforcement agencies continue to look for Kevin McKelvey, the suspect in a Lufkin double murder that occurred late Sunday night, family and friends are remembering the victims, Teresa Hoyle, 39, and her daughter, Shaunika, 22.

East Texas News spoke with several people who knew the family Monday.

"She would help anybody," said Al Flemon, the host of 94.7's Big Daddy's Smokehouse radio show. "If you asked for anything, she would help you with it. She was there if you needed her. She was a pillar to the community in helping."

"Shaunika was beautiful," said Linda Harper, Shaunika's cousin. "She could light up the room."

Teresa Hoyle worked with the Big Daddy's Smokehouse radio show for six months. Flemon said "T-Baby" as she was known was the real star.

While Teresa Hoyle loved music, her family was her main love.

"They were always together, especially her and the twins were always out eating all the time, and I would tease her and say, 'Do you ever cook?' You have those girls spoiled," Flemon said.

"She loved her girls. Her girls were her life; providing for them and taking care of them," Harper said. She made sure they had a good education. They went to church; she was a good Christian-hearted woman."

Teresa Hoyle also loved other children; she was an active volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club and a friend to many.

"There's those people that, ugh, you don't want to be around, but she was always happy," Kristin Hanscom, one of Theresa's friends, said."

Hanscom last talked to Teresa Hoyle a few days ago. They both wanted to get together so their kids could have a play date.

"I miss them a lot and I'd like to see them, because I used to take them places with my niece and I used to let them stay at my house," Hanscom said. "I … It's kind of still unreal to me."

Now all that's left are memories of a loving mother and daughter.

Teresa and Shaunika Hoyle were killed at their house late Sunday night. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said McElvey was waiting for them inside. He shot and killed Shaunika Hoyle when she entered the home.

McElvey then left the residence and shot Teresa Hoyle through the passenger window of a car, Sanches said. Teresa Hoyle's twin 9-year-old daughters were in the car with her when she was shot, and they suffered minor injuries as a result of glass fragments.

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