HOUSTON – Harrison Schmidt's mother is certain about one thing; someone knows what happened to her son on Halloween night. Schmidt was shot in the head near the intersection of W. Airport and Fondren in southwest Houston.
“If you were there, what did you see? I just need to know, what did you see?” said Angelica Halphen.
Schmidt was less than a month away from his 19th birthday when he was shot during what police say was a road rage incident. For 18 days, Halphen kept her son’s hospital room filled with positivity.
“We talked to him, we laughed with him; I wanted no negativity and I told his friends, ‘if you’re going to cry, go outside and have a good cry,’” said Halphen.
Halphen said although Harrison was kept in a medically induced coma, he appeared to improve and she allowed her thoughts to turn toward recovery. Unfortunately, infection set in and quickly spread. Harrison passed away on November 18.
“I sang when I could, I just patted his little tummy and I watched him take his last breath,” said Halphen.
Halphen said the night of the shooting Harrison was helping an acquaintance with a ride, that’s what brought him to W. Airport and Fondren. Halphen said her son had a generous spirit and never turned down a friend in need.
“I got used to him telling me, 'Mom, I got to go help somebody,’” said Halphen.