Reward in shooting death of 8-year-old girl increased

By Brandon Walker - Reporter , Ashlynn Turner - Content Editor

HOUSTON - Latoyia Thomas said she was on her way home from getting her hair done with her 8-year-old daughter in the back seat when a senseless act took her daughter's life.

At 2 a.m. Saturday, police were called to the intersection of West Fuqua Street and Sam Houston Parkway.

Officials said a white Pontiac Grand Prix and a dark four-door sedan were speeding down West Fuqua Street.

The speeding Pontiac collided into a Honda Accord carrying Thomas and her 8-year-old daughter De'Maree Adkins, who were traveling through the intersection of the Sam Houston Parkway feeder and Fuqua Street, according to authorities.

"The light was green, and as soon as I got to the light it turned yellow, I couldn't stop," Thomas said.

After the crash, Thomas said the driver from the Pontiac she had crashed into hopped into the four-door sedan.

She said the four-door sedan then pulled up next to her car, rolled down their window and a woman leaned out with a gun and began shooting at Thomas and her daughter.

"I saw the girl let the window down and point the gun out the window, and she just started shooting," Thomas said.

Police said Adkins, who was sitting in the back seat of the Honda, was hit and killed by the shots fired.

"She was a good girl, honor roll student, full of life. They took my baby away from me, why?" Thomas said. "She didn't deserve this. She didn't. She was only 8."

According to police, the driver of the Pontiac jumped into the four-door sedan and fled the scene.

Police said they are searching for the dark four-door sedan and the driver of the Pontiac.

"Whoever you are, lady, justice will be served. They will get you," Thomas said.

Adkins enjoyed keeping her grandfather, Melvin Jarmon, in line.

"She was my boss," Jarmon said. "I called her the boss. She knew it."

She also knew never to forget about her big cousin, Victoria Jarmon.

"I would do anything for her. She really meant the world to me," Victoria Jarmon said. "Before the accident, she FaceTimed me, and she told me that she loved me."

A GoFundMe account has been made for Adkins. 

De'Maree was a third grader at MacGregor Elementary School.

Houston ISD said there are additional grief counselors at the school Monday.

A statement sent to KPRC2 read, "HISD is sad to report that a MacGregor Elementary School student died Saturday. We offer our deepest condolences to the student’s family and friends, as well as to the entire school community. Counselors have been made available to support students and staff at this difficult time. "

The office of Governor Greg Abbott is contributing $10,000 to the $5,000 Crime Stoppers award to solve the case. 

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

To be eligible for the up to $15,000 reward, you can call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477, text your tip and TIP610 to 274637 or visit www.crime-stoppers.org.

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