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

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.

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