SUGAR LAND, Texas – An investigation is underway after a husband and wife were found dead Friday morning at a Sugar Land home, according to police.
The discovery was made around 10:05 a.m. at the Greatwood Subdivision in the 1500 block of Brookstone Lane.
“One of the kids dialed 911 apparently there was a fight or disturbance going on inside the resident,” Chief Eric Robins said.
Police said when officers arrived they found the couple dead inside of the home.
“It appears that it could be a potential murder-suicide but it has not been totally ruled,” Chief Robins said.
Police said the couple’s three adult children were also at the scene. Police said two of the three children suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Many neighbors were shocked when they heard the news.
Ace Walker lives nearby and was shocked to see police cars and crime tape in his neighborhood.
“It’s like right down the street so that’s really wild,” he said.
Steven Nelson lives down the street and says the neighborhood has always been quiet. Nelson said he has seen the husband before, while walking his dog.
“It’s shocking for all of us because you just don’t expect something like that to happen here it’s always somewhere else,” he said.
It’s still unclear about what happened and how the couple died.
“My heart goes out to them that’s really sad,” Walker said.
Chief Robins said it’s a tough situation, especially with Christmas a week away.
“We try to make sure our residents are safe in the City of Sugar Land but when these types of things happen especially during this time of the year holiday season with everything else that is going on we ask that people have crisis in their home to seek out and reach help,” he said.
The cause of death is unknown and under investigation. Police have not identified the couple, but in a Facebook post the Rector at The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Houston said,
The causes for grief in 2020 seem to multiply. I am very sad to inform you that Ben and Theresa Okigbo died this morning at their home in Sugarland. Their sons Peter and Paul were transported to Memorial Sugarland Hospital, but have since been released. Currently they are with their sister Laura, in the care of their uncle, Ben Okoh. This news is absolutely devastating for our Epiphany family, especially for many of our Nigerian members, whose lives and hearts were touched so profoundly by Ben and Theresa. We have no good answers, only broken hearts to bring to our Lord Jesus. And there is no better place for our broken hearts to be, than in his care. I assured Ben and Laura that their Epiphany family is ready to surround them with grace and mercy, and to be of any assistance we can to these three children who will now grapple with the loss of two parents. Keep them in your prayers. More information will follow as plans are made.
Yours in Christ,
Rector, Epiphany Church