HOUSTON, TX (KTRE) - A 25-year-old Stephen F. Austin State University graduate was killed Monday night when he tried to protect his mother during a robbery in southwest Houston, according to KTRK's website.
The victim was identified as James Weldon Ecford. Shirley Luna, a spokeswoman for SFA, confirmed that Ecford graduated from the university in May of 2014.
According to the KTRK story, the shooting incident occurred in the parking lot of the Condominiums on the Green on Sand Point Drive around 11 p.m. Monday.
After Ecford went inside, he heard his mother fighting with a man who tried to take her purse, went outside, and tried to protect her, the KTRK story stated. A neighbor told the Houston TV station that the attack happened right outside her door.
"There was a struggle, and the suspect shot him," HPD Sergeant Thomas Simmons said in the KTRK story.
The TV station's story said that the suspect ran to four-door compact car with three other men inside, and they drove off.
Click here for the KTRK story.