TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Sixteen-year-old Byron Truvia is accused of the stabbing murder of John Tyler teacher, Todd Henry. Byron's family is telling the public he is not a monster and suffers from mental conditions. They also say their hearts go out to Todd Henry's family.
Byron Truvia and his family evacuated from New Orleans, when Hurricane Katrina hit.
"They got flooded out and they moved here," said Shirley Williams, who lived by the Truvias.
Ever since they arrived Byron's sister Geniece says their lives have been devastated.
"My grandmother, she got killed in 2007," said Geniece. "My uncle murdered her and so it's just a lot of things been going on the past four years."
Shirley says Denise, Byron and Geniece's mom, is still mourning the loss of her mother.
"Her brother killed her mom," said Shirley. "He just snapped and the mother surprised him, flew in and surprised him Easter and went to his house, his trailer, came in and he beat her to death."
Denise did not want to talk on camera, but Byron's sister says he suffers from some mental conditions.
"He has a little problem as far as depression and anxiety," said Geniece.
She says Byron had just served two years for allegedly beating their other sister, but she can't believe he could commit murder.
"He wouldn't do nothing like that," said Geniece. "Because...Byron he come home, he eat...he lay down, watch TV, do his homework [and] that's it. You know, he ain't never killed nobody, you know. I just don't understand."
Geniece says her brother had gotten into some fights at school but made good grades and liked sports. She says just like the victim's family, they too are grieving.
"He's very smart [and] intelligent," she said. "He goes to church and everything, and I just want to say that my heart goes out to the Henry family and I'm real devastated about the situation. I'm hurt as well as them."
Byron's mother, Denise, said the only one that can help them now is God, and they are praying for strength through this ordeal.