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Houston Police suspect possible gang ties in shooting of 8-year-old De’Maree Adkins

February 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Houston Police suspect possible gang ties in shooting of 8-year-old De’Maree Adkins De'Maree Adkins

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The brutal murder of 8-year-old De’Maree Adkins in Houston on Saturday has sparked a myriad of emotions in the city and has galvanized the community to find those responsible for the killing.

During a news conference on Monday, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo believed last week’s fatal shooting of De’Maree Adkins could be gang-related.

“If I were to guess, I think this is going to end up gang-related,” Acevedo stated. “Now, I don’t know that definitively, but let’s face it, most don’t go out in the middle of the night shooting up people.”

It was about 3 a.m. on February 25th when Latoyia Jarmon-Thomas was on her way home from a visit with friends.

Her daughter, De’Maree Adkins, was in the backseat of the car sleeping when out of the corner of her eye, Thompson saw the headlights of two vehicles approaching at high speeds.

A photo of 8-year-old De’Maree Adkins, who was shot and killed after surviving a car accident in Houston. (GoFundMe)

The light turned yellow as she proceeded to drive through an intersection and T-boned a Pontiac Grand Prix.

In the aftermath, Thomas turned to see if her daughter was alright.

De’Maree had been startled awake, and answered, “Yeah, I’m OK. What happened?”

Thomas then saw a woman get out of the Grand Prix and opened fire.

The woman then got into a dark-colored vehicle and fled.

Thomas did not realize that her daughter, De’Maree, had been shot after that horrific incident. She succumbed to her injuries soon after at a local hospital.

In interviews, Thomas mourned as only a mother could for her child, and the outrage in the recent outbreak of senseless violence intensified.

On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott revealed that the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Office was offering $10,000 for information that leading to the identification of the killer, adding to the $5,000 that is already being offered by Crime Stoppers, according to the Houston Patch.

“Cecilia and I send our deepest sympathies to De’Maree’s family during this difficult time,” Abbott said in a press release. “There is no place for heinous acts in Texas. We urge anyone who has any information to contact Houston Crime Stoppers to bring those involved to justice.”

Meanwhile, friends of the family have launched a GoFundMe account to raise money for funeral expenses.

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