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Former NFL-Star-Turned Pastor is Killed by His Teenage Son

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Aug 02
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The son of an NFL star who became a pastor has reportedly been shot dead by his teenage son. reports that Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, were shot and killed by thier 16-year-old son. notes that the teen firmly maintains his innocence. He initially told police that he saw a masked man in his family’s home when he fired the shots. 


Armstrong was the junior pastor of Spirit and Life Kingdom Center in Houston, Texas. His mother, Kay Shorter, is the senior pastor of the church.


The Sunday after the Armstrongs' deaths, Shorter spoke to the congregation:


"I had to come," Shorter said. "Antonio would have said to me, 'Momma, are you coming to church today?'”


"He was just that loving kind gracious young man and my daughter, she was the same way. She was so giving and loving and caring," Shorter continued, speaking of her son and daughter-in-law.


Shorter has been given custody of the Armstrongs' children.


The son who allegedly shot his parents will likely be charged with capital murder.



Publication date: August 2, 2016