10-Year-Old Girl Played Dead While Her Entire Family Was Murdered Then Called Her Grandmother For Help

A 10-year-old girl survived the brutal massacre of her family by playing dead and FaceTiming her grandmother when the killer left. The little girl, who lives in Houston, Texas, watched on as a masked intruder shot her mother, father, and 6-year-old sister in the head one but left her 1-year-old brother unharmed, KTRK reports. She suffered a gunshot wound to the elbow but was otherwise uninjured.

  1. The brave girl was likely in shock at what she’d experienced. While she was able to clearly tell her grandmother what happened, she didn’t quite understand the gravity of the situation. “She said, ‘Granny, someone came in and shot me, my mom, my dad, and my sister, and they dead,'” Angela Ervin said. “She was in the house for about 15 minutes with the bodies until we got here.'”
  2. The girl’s grandmother immediately called 911. Houston police responded to the home in the 12100 block of Fondren at roughly 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30. There, they found the bodies of the girl’s family as well as the girl and her 1-year-old brother. Another brother, 8, was away from the property with an uncle at the time of the shooting.
  3. Police have no suspect and no motive. “This is a very, very tragic scene. We’re sending out prayers to the family,” Assistant Chief Patricia Cantu said in a statement. “This was a very difficult scene not only for us, the officers, but the family as well. So we’re sending out prayers and hopes that anybody has any information.”
  4. Houston Police Department believes that whoever murdered this family may have known them personally. There was no sign of a break-in at the apartment or any other struggle, which makes authorities believe it was something much more personal and sinister. “This was probably not a home invasion… there was no damage. There was possibly a known disturbance of some sort,” Cantu said. “But right now, we don’t have all the details, and right now, we’re just looking for a suspect to see what happened.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the suspect and surveillance footage is currently being reviewed.

Jennifer has been the managing editor of Bolde since its launch in 2014. Before that, she was the founding editor of HelloGiggles and also worked as an entertainment writer for Bustle and Digital Spy. Her work has been published in Bon Appetit, Decider, Vanity Fair, The New York TImes, and many more.