A man shot his ex-girlfriend and her sister dead at a university residence hall, police say.
Jacques Dshawn Smith, 21, has been arrested and charged with killing his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend Abbaney Matts and her sister, Deja Matts, at Texas A&M University-Commerce on Monday.
Smith also shot his ex-girlfriend’s two-year-old son Allen, who was in the room, but boy survived.
Deja Matts was a student at Texas A&M University-Commerce with aspirations to become a nurse. Abbaney did not attend the school. She had just driven her sister back to the campus after a big family party over the weekend, according to their father, Timonthy Matts.
‘I think it was a coward move. I mean that someone would do something like that. My daughters were fun, uplifting, they had plenty of friends,’ Matts told WFAA.
‘They took both of my daughters.’
University police confirmed Smith’s arrest on Tuesday afternoon, saying surveillance video and witness tips led them to Smith.
He had reportedly been free on bond after an domestic violence incident took place last week at a home in Garland, Texas, according to NBC 5. The report was filed by Abbaney Matts.
Abbaney told police that Smith assaulted her on January 27 with a frying pan and lamp, then threatened her with a knife before leaving the home.
Smith was arrested following the incident, but he was freed on two days later after posting $15,000 bond.
Police at Texas A&M University-Commerce called Monday’s shooting ‘a targeted, isolated event.’
In a news release, the school said: ‘Our continued thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of the victims from this week’s tragedy.’
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up help the family with funeral costs for the sisters.