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Lufkin Police investigating Sunday morning double homicide

Brianna Shaw was found shot dead on Davis Street. Photo Source: Lufkin Police Brianna Shaw was found shot dead on Davis Street. Photo Source: Lufkin Police
Artha Griffin was also found shot dead near Shaw at his residence on Davis Street. Artha Griffin was also found shot dead near Shaw at his residence on Davis Street.
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - There is little information in what Lufkin police are calling a double homicide. Around 7:30 Sunday morning, police found the bodies of Brianna Shaw, 23, and Artha Griffin, 64, shot dead in the 300 block of Davis Street.

Making things worse, loved ones said the two were dead for hours before anyone knew something was wrong. Artha's brother, Willie, said that alone is even more painful.

"I know I aint never going to see him again and I'd like to know what happened," he said.

With no witnesses, police said they're trying to piece together what happened with the information they have.

"Around 3 a.m. I heard a couple of gunshots and then the neighbor's dog started barking," said Mario, who lives on Davis Street.

After Mario heard the gunshots, he said he walked outside, but didn't see anything so he didn't call police. It wasn't until four hours later police discovered Shaw and Griffin had been shot dead in the yard.

Sunday afternoon, loved ones drove up and down Davis Street after hearing of the shootings. The sound of gunshots are gone, now grief fills the street. Pamela Ritter rushed to Artha's house after she heard the news.

"I mean I'm devastated," she said. "I just can't believe it."

Ritter said she's know Artha for most of her life. She said Brianna was staying with him at the time of the shootings.

"He helps people like people on the street that don't have somewhere to stay, he'll let them spend the night at his house, let them clean up or whatever, but this just comes as a shock, it really does," said Ritter.

Like Ritter, Willie said he came here looking for answers, only to walk away disappointed.

"Even though I know there's nothing I can do about it, I'd like to know what happened to make me know what kind of life he [Artha] was living," said Willie.

Answers family and police are both searching for. At this time, police have not named a suspect. For now, they're treating the shooting deaths as a double homicide. Police said they've responded to disturbances at the residence before.

Police said they expect to have more information Monday morning.

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