Father of Sierra Rhodd shot, killed during altercation with family member, authorities say

HOUSTON – The father of Sierra Rhodd, the 20-year-old with cerebral palsy who was killed in a shooting, was shot to death by a family member, authorities said.

Authorities said the incident happened around 11 p.m. Friday at a home on Thornleaf Lane near Grant Road in the Willowbrook area.

KPRC 2 reporter Re’Chelle Turner went to the home Saturday, but the family was too upset to talk about what happened.

Francoise Bisby lives in the neighborhood and heard gunshots.

“I heard this really loud four shots. Bang, bang, bang, bang. One shot and then three in a row," she said.

Sgt. Jason Brown, with the Harris County Sheriff Office’s homicide division, said Rhodd’s family had attended a vigil for her earlier and had just gone back to the home when an altercation broke out between her father, Michael Rhodd, and grandfather.

Brown said the grandfather told authorities he fired in self-defense because the altercation became violent.

According to Brown, there were several family members, including Sierra Rhodd’s brother, mother and grandmother, in the home at the time of the shooting.

“It’s just something that…it’s the last thing you would expect in this neighborhood," Bisby said.

Authorities said they are not sure if the deaths are related.

Now, family members are grieving another loss and this community is hoping the violence stops.

“It’s tragic, it’s sad, but it’s really upsetting in this neighborhood we don’t like kind of situation going on," Bisby said.

Charges have not been filed, but investigators say the case will be referred to a grand jury.

Sierra Rhodd was killed after a group of assailants surrounded the Rhodd family’s home and opened fire with at least a rifle, shotgun and pistol.

“My girl didn’t do nothing to deserve anything,” said Michael Rhodd at the time of his daughter’s death. “She has cerebral palsy, laying in the bed and you shoot her in the face ... Whoever came and shot my house up and murdered my daughter, I want them caught."

After further investigation, authorities learned the intended target was Sierra Rhodd’s 15-year-old brother due to an ongoing feud with several individuals.

Emma Presler, 18, was charged in connection with the shooting, but a judge determined there was no probable cause and advised prosecutors to take their case to a grand jury.

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Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli has been a digital news editor at KPRC 2 since 2018. She is a published poet and has background in creative writing and journalism. Daniela has covered events like Hurricane Harvey and the Astros World Series win. In her spare time, Daniela is an avid reader and loves to spend time with her two miniature dachshunds.