DeSoto family and neighborhood devastated after triple shooting

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 11:26 PM

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DeSOTO - Messages filled with prayers and grief are pouring into Autumn Carey's Facebook page.

The 24-year-old was shot and killed at her mother's home in DeSoto early Friday morning. Her father, Gerald Malone, 48, and family friend, Adrian Jessie, 22, were also gunned down.

"The day after Thanksgiving, yesterday, we gave thanks for life, for everyone being here and the next minute, you are not here anymore," said Carey's friend, Mario Martinez.

Martinez graduated with Carey from DeSoto High School in 2004.

"She was real quiet, down to earth, energetic, always smiling," Martinez said.

Investigators say Carey's ex-boyfriend, Almonzo Henderson from Oklahoma, stormed into the home on Oak Meadow Lane Friday morning and started shooting.

"He kicks in the front door, goes in, has an argument apparently, shoots the first person and goes around to shoot the rest," said DeSoto Police Captain Ron Smith.

Police believe Henderson was upset over his break-up with Carey.  

"They have had some words recently, and apparently he didn't like the responses, and got really angry about it," Smith said.

At least six family members were inside the home at the time of the shooting, including children.

"[Henderson and Carey] had kids together and it's so sad to do it right in front of them, for them to see that," Martinez said.

The children and other relatives managed to escape. Carey's mother ran to a neighbor's house looking for help.

"She ran down and was beating on my door, and when I opened the door I knew who she was," said neighbor Rod Pearson. "I brought all of her daughters and grand kids into my home to make sure they were safe."

The SWAT team found all three victims dead inside the house. The accused shooter had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Police say he shot himself, but survived. He was rushed to the hospital, where he remains in serious condition. If he recovers, investigators said he will face capital murder charges.

News 8 has learned that Henderson was charged with domestic assault and battery by strangulation in 2009. The case was later dismissed.

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