Second victim identified in deadly Galveston party shooting

GALVESTON, Texas – Two men who were killed in a shooting during a party in Galveston were identified on Tuesday.

“I never thought I would have to bury my child but I want justice for Jourdan,” Takeesha Concepcion said.

Concepcion said her son, 20-year-old Jourdan, was among the two victims killed at a packed beach house party. Jourdan Concepcion was a standout football player at West Columbia High School. He graduated in 2022.

The other victim was 21-year-old Brian Darden of Lake Jackson, Texas.

“We went to bed around midnight and woke up at 1 o’clock hearing the gunshots,” said Lisa Smith.

Police said Concepcion and another man, 21, died and several others were injured in the shooting at an Airbnb off Mendocino Drive. The owner of the house told KPRC 2 it was the first time he rented it out as an Airbnb.

Lisa and Erica Smith heard the chaos next door.

“There were teenagers running all through the neighborhood, cars peeling out, people running and screaming saying, ‘he’s been shot, save my friend, call for help!’” said Erica Smith.

Erica Smith said she saw a man open fire.

“He was shooting up in the air. He was shooting about two or three times and he had a pistol with an extended clip on the end of it,” said Erica Smith.

The shooting happened during an altercation at the house party, according to police. Lisa said dozens of people were at the home.

“Every time someone would come in and they would open the door and let more and more people come in, you could hear, that music was so loud,” said Lisa Smith.

A white truck, a gray truck and a white car were seen being towed away from the scene. Loved ones were at the crime scene holding on to one another.

“I just pray for the families. I could never imagine going through that,” said Erica Smith.

It is unclear if there was only one shooter or multiple suspects, but no arrests have been made at this time.

“I trust our police officers to find out what was going on. This was senseless,” Takeesha Concepcion said.

On Monday, Labor Day, the Galveston Police Department did not respond to requests for information about the case. An investigator at the scene said the shooter was still wanted, but would not provide further information.

If you have any information on this case, you should call police at 409-765-3268.

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Cynthia Miranda graduated from UT Austin and is a proud Houstonian. She is passionate about covering breaking news and community stories. Cynthia previously covered elections, the historic 2021 Texas winter storm, and other news in East Texas. In addition to writing, she also loves going to concerts, watching movies, and cooking with her family.