Zakorion Batiste, 17, has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the murder of Nariah Champion, 18, and is currently being held in Harris County Jail, records show.
Batiste went before a judge on Sunday, where he received a bail of $ 50,000. Batiste will be placed under house arrest if the binding is made, except for going to and from high school.
Nariah Champions’ parents, Jonathan Champion and Keisha Shields, told ABC13 that they want to see a harsher punishment and want other adults in the apartment at the shooting to be held accountable.
“She was only 18. A baby,” Jonathan Champion said. “We will never understand what she went through in her last moments. But from my understanding she suffered. Because she suffocated her own blood.”
Around. 10, was Harris County Pct. 7 deputies responded to a shooting at an apartment complex in the 3500 block of S. Sam Houston Parkway East.
Upon arrival, people in the apartment with Nariah Champion took her to a local hospital after being shot in the stomach.
Authorities say the group crashed into Nariah Champions’s car and a Good Samaritan transported her to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
HCSO’s homicide and crime unit responded on the spot to conduct the investigation.
Investigators say Batiste was playing with a loaded pistol when it was fired and hit the 18-year-old.
Shields said her daughter was looking forward to prom and high school. She wanted to be a lawyer and planned to go to Blinn College and move to Howard University.
“This boy wants to run from trouble,” Shields said. “I’m telling you, she wants to run because that’s what she wanted to be. She wanted to be a lawyer. She did not want to get in (some) trouble. It’s just her. So I just want the truth to come out of it. I want the truth. “
Jonathon Champion said the family is broken and they want justice for Nariah Champion.
“Out of everyone in the room, it was her (who) was shot. It could have been any other of those kids. It’s heartbreaking. I hate that this happened. But I just want , that these kids should know that weapon (s) nobody’s friend, “said Jonathon Champion. “Weapons do not hurt people. People hurt people and know they’re playing with a loaded gun. It’s insane. When you pull a gun and it’s loaded you mean to kill someone. Do not play with anyone.
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