HOUSTON, TX – A tragic incident unfolded near the University of Houston when a 16-year-old was found dead in an apartment complex elevator on December 12. An 18-year-old has since been charged with his murder for allegedly coaching him to commit an armed robbery that led to his death, according to court documents.
The court documents reveal that Larry Holmes instructed the teen to rob two men at gunpoint at the complex on Elgin Street between Scott Street and Cullen Boulevard. The teenager was fatally shot during the incident. Security guards at the apartment complex reported hearing several gunshots before a resident discovered the victim in the elevator on the 17th floor. The security guards also witnessed two men fleeing the scene.
The apartment complex, located near multiple universities, is home to many students. Residents informed KHOU 11 that the building is easily accessible, emphasizing the importance of security measures in the area.
Following the murder charge, Holmes was given a $275,000 bond. Additionally, court documents reveal that he faces other pending charges from separate cases, including evading arrest, aggravated robbery, and unlawfully carrying a gun.
The tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the need for enhanced security measures in residential areas, particularly those with a high population of students. The devastating loss of a young life also calls for a renewed focus on the prevention of violent crimes in our communities.
In summary, a 16-year-old lost his life in a senseless act of violence at an apartment complex near the University of Houston. An 18-year-old has been charged with his murder for allegedly orchestrating an armed robbery that resulted in the teenager’s death. The tragic incident underscores the importance of implementing effective security measures in residential areas, particularly those with a high population of students.