Kendra Childs: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Kendra Childs, Houston murder victim, Houston murder, RIPKendra

Kendra Childs was a 19-year-old mother who was shot and killed in Houston on September 13. (Twitter/@_TheKendoll)

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

Kendra Childs, Houston murder victim, Houston murder, RIPKendra


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.

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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.”

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5. Police Still Don’t Have a Motive & Family Didn’t Know Who Would Kill Childs

Kendra Childs, Houston murder victim, Houston murder, RIPKendra


Police told the Houston Chronicle that they still do not have a motive. The New York Daily News reports that police say the suspect is black and possibly had a shaved head.

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.

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  1. It’s obvious who did it what’s wrong with the police and this other chic who wrote all that stuff KARMA WILL GET YOU!!! YOUR A WASTE OF SPACE!! 😠 RIP KENDRA CHILDS 😇

  2. Black people are so messed up. No working brains at all. And why in the world do they insist on looking like total sluts and lowlife losers? Can’t speak or write on sentence pf correct English. No self control. Walk around with their pants down and boobs hanging out. The majority are nothing but complete failures in life.

    • you’re a freakin idiot! Black people are out here making history! In Olympics, politics, cancer research and everything else and you feel like the most of us are complete failures?? you are the failure for not being culturally intelligent enough to know that the things you may see on tv about us are unture.. and we are only ones with boobs out and wearing urban clothes that are of a loser fit? you’re kidding!!! Brittany spears, Christina aguliera, Pamela Anderson lee, shall I name more?? and its more whites than blacks on welfare! so whose failing?

  3. Black, while or whatever – this has to stop !!!!!! A young beautiful woman is dead and child is left motherless for the rest of her life. Hope the shooter is proud. Every hear of those pearly gates? Don’t think you’ll be headed that way. You’ll have plenty of time to suffer your consequences and shed a tear or two for that child.

    • Most hookers have to look decent. No doubt I would pay up to 50 bucks for that! WOW. Too bad she didn’t go out w/ me. She’d still be alive and have 50 more bucks instead of having to buy groceries on food stamps.

    • Please stop victomizing her, she was on tape fist fighting over a guy, while her family cheered her on. What do you expect, act like a hood rat, more likely to get shot like one. Black people’s problem is that they have an infatuation with being ghetto, gangsta, hood, etc. Black people who get the most attention are always the loud, ghetto, & stupid ones, and they make the rest of us look bad. I can’t believe there was a hashtag for this ghetto mess. That’s why people who kill blacks based on stereotypes get away with the shit because when you peel the onion, you can always find some type of juvenile behavior. Other people don’t take us seriously when we protest because we believe in “hashtaging” someone’s death after they were publicly and violently going back and forth with another person over the most senseless reason, such as a guy. And he is probably worthless. No job, no goals in life, probably no high school diploma. A lot of my people are sad, I cant even call all blacks my people anymore. I have to divide myself from you morons.

  4. Hey Ronna, based on everything I just viewed on your facebook page maybe you should start posting as Anonymous too. You look like an old beaten down, ex druggie, tree hugging pile of crap.

    • Hey! Thanks for taking the time to look at my FB page!!! Come on back when you have something of substance to contribute. If you aren’t sure what I meant by that, go find a dictionary at your local library (since I’m quite sure you don’t own one), and look it up. To get you started, here’s a tip: Everything is in alphabetical order in a dictionary. If you don’t understand what I mean by that, ask the librarian for help. **pats you sweetly on your ignorant lil’ head.** :)