Courthouse Guard Is Fatally Shot in Houston Apartment — and 12-Year-Old Arrested in Murder

Police said the boy was initially a witness and told detectives he saw a suspect, dressed in all black, leaving the scene.

“Further investigation developed information that conflicted with witness statements,” according to a Houston Police Department press release obtained by PEOPLE.

Police said they did not find any signs of forced entry.

“The male juvenile witness was identified as the suspect in this case and he was taken into custody without further incident,” the release states.

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The motive behind the murder is unclear.

"I just feel she's in a better place," Hawkins’ son Javoris told KTRK. "There's no more suffering for her. I really just miss her a lot."

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