Kendra Childs of Houston was a day away from turning 20 when she was shot and killed on Tuesday, September 13. The death of the young mother, who leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter, inspired thousands of Twitter users to tweet #RIPKendra. Twitter users believe that they know who is responsible: a woman named Ling who might have been Childs’ ex-girlfriend. However, police have no motive at this time.
Here’s what we know so far about the shooting.
1. Childs Was Killed While Inside Her Second-Story Apartment in East Houston
Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Senties told the Houston Chronicle that Childs was killed while inside her second-story apartment. Police were called at around 12:15 p.m. after Childs’ boyfriend found her dead in their bedroom.
A cousin, Angel Woodward, later confirmed the victim’s identity and that she was the mother of a 2-year-old daughter. The child wasn’t in the apartment at the time of the shooting.
Mark Holdbrook of the Houston Police Department’s homicide unit told ABC13 that witnesses saw a “black newer model Camaro with standard rims and tinted windows drive by the house and fire multiple rounds.”
Police said that the shooter did not go into the apartment building, but knew to aim directly at a second-story unit. Police said that they later found a black Camaro, but they did not say if it was the one linked to the shooting.
Holbrook told Click2Houston that there might have been two people in the car.
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2. She Was Going to Turn 20 on Wednesday
Childs tweeted under the handle @_TheKendoll and posted the above message just moments before she was killed. “I turn 20 tomorrow,” she wrote. She also shared a video from a party the night before and photos of her outfit.
On September 9, she posted a Flipgram video that included footage of her daughter. “Mommy will always be there,” she wrote. Childs posted several other photos of her daughter.
“I feel very broken, and it just hurt because she didn’t deserve to go like this. I understand it was her time, but she didn’t have to go like this. She didn’t even make it to her birthday tomorrow,” Angel Whitaker, a cousin of Childs’, told ABC 13.
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3. A Twitter User Named ‘Linglingbaby’ Has Been Accused on Social Media of Plotting to Kill Childs
The above tweet shows screenshots of tweets posted by a Twitter user named Linglingbaby, who uses the handle @__ladykocaine. Twitter users believe that she was an ex-girlfriend of Childs’ boyfriend and tweeted about her plans to kill someone. The tweets, including one that dates back to January, are still on Linglingbaby’s page.
A screenshot of Ling in front of what looks like a black car that looks like the one described by witnesses has also gone around social media.
4. A Friend of Childs’ First Suggested ‘Linglingbaby’ Was Linked to Childs’ Death on Facebook
A friend of Childs, Quoyaa Taylor posted the above photos of Childs on Facebook just after Childs’ death on Tuesday and suggested that an ex-girlfriend plotted to kill Childs. “You shot her dead in her head, d**k is not that serious for you to be sitting behind bars , because that n***a not gone write you or nothing karma is a bitch and best believe you gone get yours,” Taylor wrote.
“Kendra whooped this girl so she plotted on her and brought the tool out. this hoe grime #RIPKENDRA,” Taylor wrote in another post.
She then posted the images of Linglingbaby’s tweets and the photo of Linglingbaby standing in front of a black car. “Yo she was real life plotting on this girl….jealousy is a crazy thing man the hate be so real,” Taylor wrote. “Okay I’m let Kendra rest now I just wanna be the first to wish her happy birthday because tomorrow she would have been 20 have fun in heaven baby girl.”
5. Police Still Don’t Have a Motive & Family Didn’t Know Who Would Kill Childs
Woodward told the Chronicle that she didn’t know why Childs would be targeted. She called her cousin, who worked at a Walmart, “amazing,” adding that, “She lit up the room and was one of a kind. She would do anything for her daughter.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Houston Police’s homicide division at 713-308-3600.