Just before 1 a.m. on July 3, Kristena Watters finished her shift at a restaurant and picked up her two children from a 24-hour daycare, investigators said. Watters was taking her children to get ice cream when her car hit a stop sign at block 13300 of Northborough Drive.
At the same time, a silver 1999 four-door Honda Accord carrying four unidentified men drove west on Rushcreek through the intersection. As the Honda drove through, a man was seen shooting through the rear driver’s seat window at a grocery store in the area.
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As the shooting continued, the suspects in the Honda crossed in front of Watter’s vehicle. A bullet struck Watters’ vehicle through the back door, hitting 5-year-old Khamaya Dior Donelson and her 8-year-old brother, investigators said.
The Honda then continued west on Rushcreek and was seen crossing Rankin Road. It is believed the vehicle turned into one of the several apartment complexes between Rankin Road and Rushworth.
During a press conference on Wednesday, HPD chief Troy Finner also urged the community to be vigilant.
“I’ll call my town. The investigators are doing their job. (I) call the citizens of Houston. Unfortunately, I’ve been here before. We don’t shoot and kill our children,” he said.
In an emotional plea, Watters said she felt she wasn’t protecting her baby.
“I had one fear about bringing my children into this world and that was abandoning my babies,” she said. “I took care of my children by myself. I’m not perfect but I think I did a great job. My only fear came to life a few nights ago when I failed to protect my baby.”
In tears, the single mother said she couldn’t have an open coffin for her daughter as she was shot in the face.
“My daughter was five and she was shot in the face, not just killed. She was brutally murdered. Because of what?
She also called the people who were where the shooting took place but didn’t answer.
“My baby was gone before they even had a chance to save it. There are so many people who have been to this store. And so many who won’t come forward,” she said.
A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the search for the suspects. A GoFundMe is also willing to help Watters and her family with expenses.
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