Retired CFL all-star and wife murdered by 16 year old son

Ex-Blue Bombers/BC Lions linebacker, wife killed at their Texas home

[b]HOUSTON - Former CFL linebacker Antonio Armstrong and his wife Dawn were fatally shot at their home in Houston on Friday and a 16-year-old boy (their son) has been charged as a juvenile with murder in the slayings.
Police said officers discovered the wounded couple about 2 a.m. Friday. Dawn Armstrong died at the scene, and Antonio Armstrong was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital hours later with a gunshot wound to the head. He was 42.

Armstrong started his CFL career in 1998 with the B.C. Lions where he played two seasons before being traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2000.

The six foot one, 235 pounder was an East Division all-star in 2000 while also earning Winnipeg's defensive player of the year honours.
A fractured left ankle on Oct. 15, 2000 sidelined Armstrong for a period of time. He attempted to return to the NFL, where he played for the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams, before re-signing with the Blue Bombers in 2001.
Armstrong started in the 89th Grey Cup that fall -- a game which Winnipeg lost to the Calgary Stampeders. He retired in 2002.

CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge reacted to Armstrong's death with a tweet on Saturday.
"Unthinkable tragedy has claimed life of former Bomber & Lion Antonio Armstrong & his wife Dawn. Our thoughts & prayers to all who loved them," he said.

The Blue Bombers issued a tweet on Friday indicating that their thoughts and prayers were with the Armstrong family.[/b]

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Yikes! Sad to hear.

yes, sad and horrific. :frowning:

and by most outward accounts they were a standard loving all American family but I guess what went on behind closed doors was another matter.


How does a 16 year old get access to a gun? Like don’t you have to be 18 to get one?
I have never even shot a gun before, except in Cambodia when I paid the military money to shoot a machine gun.
I just don’t understand the US at all. I have never even seen a gun in this country, never mind have access to one.
The kid is a Canadian citizen by way of being born in Winnipeg.

Praise Allah for that!

How tragic! All these shootings :frowning: Condolences to the family

[b]I found the following clip where the Lions played the Eskimos in the 1998 Western Semi-final. Antonio Armstrong was playing for the Lions in that year as Linebacker.

Go to the 2:34 mark and 2:56 mark of the clip. Armstrong’s number is #50.

How fragile life is and how inexplicably tragic some events can be. In the fall of 1998 Antonio Armstrong was basking in the spotlight with his team mates as the Lions battled the Edmonton Eskimos during a playoff game. He was enjoying what he loved to do. He was in the prime of his life at only 25. Sadly, his life would come to a tragic end at the young age of 43, just 18 years later.