Grandmother, toddler identified in Walker County homicides

Autopsies are being performed to determine the cause of death for both victims

WALKER COUNTY - Walker County investigators are asking for the public's help to solve a terrible double killing near Huntsville. The bodies of a grandmother and her 18-month-old grandson were found by her husband Wednesday afternoon.

Walker County deputies, Texas Rangers and state troopers are working the case. So far, no motive for the killings or suspects have been named.

The family's home is in a rural area off Highway 30, west of Interstate 45, and about five miles west of Huntsville. The bodies of 54-year-old Shanta Faye Crawford and her grandson, Aiyden Lewis, were found by her husband when he came home from work Wednesday evening.

"Walker County deputies responded to a 911 call of a double murder," DPS Trooper Erik Burse said. "When the deputies arrived on the scene, they found one black female and one black child... deceased."

Crawford retired two years ago to care for the little boy. Her family is still reeling from the shock of the killings. Her nieces say they're hoping for a quick arrest.

"I just hope they catch him very soon. That is a sick individual. Anyone who would do that to a child has to be a sick individual," said Tanesha Johnson-Nice.

Autopsies were being done Wednesday to determine the cause of death for both victims.

Officials said a very detailed recreation of the crime scene took place on Thursday.

Investigators are asking that anyone with information about this crime is asked to call one of the following agencies:

  • Walker County Sheriff's Office:  936-435-2400
  • Montgomery County Crime Stoppers: 1-800-392-7867
  • Walker County District Attorney's Office: 936-435-2441

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