Update on Double-Homicide in Walker County–Victims Identified

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Update on Double-Homicide in Walker County–Victims Identified

Published on July 25, 2013 by Larry Crippen

We have an update on that double-homicide in Walker County.

Walker County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call last night on Williams Road off Highway 30 to find a double homicide. A 55-year-old black woman and her grandson were found dead at the residence.

The woman has been identified as Shanta Faye Crawford.  The child has been identified as 17-month-old Aiyden Benjamin Lewis. The woman found dead at the scene was said to be an active church member of a nearby Baptist congregation.

The child’s grandfather, who is the husband of the slain woman, found the two dead when he arrived home last night.  He then called 9-1-1.

Around 10:30 this morning, we talked with Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae.

McRae said, “The only change at this point is that we’ve held the crime scene over from last night so that we can continue to an even more in-depth crime scene search and continue processing the scene once there was daylight.”

He said, “We’ve also requested the assistance of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigative Team.” The investigative team has “some additional equipment to assist in re-enacting [the crime] scene from an animated standpoint.”

The Sheriff said the Texas Rangers and Walker County District Attorney’s Office were assisting.” He added, “At this time we have some individuals of interest that we are looking at. We have not identified any suspects at this time, but we are in the process of completing the crime scene, and we are going to start trying to rule out individuals of interest.”

He said, he was “sure [they] would be hard at this for the next few days.”

At three o’clock there will be a press conference at the Walker County Storm Shelter.

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