Former Texas AM All-American linebacker Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, were shot and killed early Friday in their Houston home.
Police say a 16-year-old boy has been charged as a juvenile with murder in the slayings. The suspect’s identity is being withheld because of his age.
Officers discovered the wounded couple at approximately 2 a.m. Friday. Dawn Armstrong died at the scene, and Antonio Armstrong was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital hours later with a gunshot wound to the head.
Antonio Armstrong was a letterman who played for the Aggies from 1991 to ’94, and in a statement Friday, Texas AM described him as a cornerstone of the “Wrecking Crew” defense. He was named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award as a senior after leading the Southwestern Conference in quarterback sacks and tackles for loss, and was named a first-team Associated Press All-America linebacker in 1994.
Armstrong was selected in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. An ankle fracture in training camp led to his release that October. He then signed with the Miami Dolphins and played in four games that season, logging four solo tackles.
Armstrong also played three seasons in the CFL.
The Armstrongs owned and operated a small chain of fitness centers in the Houston area.
R.C. Slocum, who coached Armstrong at Texas AM, issued a statement on his death.
“Antonio was a special young man. He was an All-American and an outstanding player, but he was an even better person,” Slocum said. “He was such a positive influence on his teammates. He always had a great big smile and was a joy to coach.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.