HOUSTON – A Houston teenager was charged with murder Monday after police said a woman was found shot to death inside a northwest Houston apartment Sunday night.
The shooting was reported about 11:40 p.m. at the Corners at Inwood Forest Condominiums on Antoine Drive near West Gulf Bank Road, police said.
When they arrived, authorities said they found a 21-year-old woman dead inside one of the units with a gunshot wound to her head.
Authorities said the call initially came in as a suicide, but it seemed suspicious. After further investigation, police took the woman’s 16-year-old boyfriend into custody in connection with her death, police said. Investigators said evidence at the scene was not consistent with a suicide.
Officers are calling the shooting a domestic violence situation and said both the teen and the woman lived at the complex with his family.
Police said there were multiple people asleep inside the condo at the time of the shooting.
Teen’s mother speaks
Gloria Burdette told KPRC 2 that she is the mother of the teen charged in connection with the shooting. She identified him as Oscar Castillo.
Burdette said she was sleeping when the shooting occurred.
“I just heard the gunshot and I ran to see what happened and she was on the floor,” she said.
Burdette said the scene was gory.
“There’s so much blood all over the place," she said. “My son was screaming, terrified. It was horrible.”
Burdette said the young lady moved in with her family several months ago. She said although she was concerned about the age gap, the woman was sweet. She said she fears the first conversation she’ll have with the victim’s mother.
“I have no words for the mom," Burdette said. "I really don’t, and that’s what’s been haunting me a lot. How can I face her mother? What can I say, you know? I can’t.“