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An 11-year-old Texas boy was shot dead in a drive-by shooting at a home in Channelview, Texas early Sunday.

Kamren Jones was one of seven children being raised by a single father named Kenyatta Jones. The Jones family recently moved into the house that was previously occupied by people involved in criminal activity.

Gunmen opened fire around 4:20 a.m. Sunday. The house and a car in the driveway were riddled with bullets.

Kamren was the only one injured even though three other children were asleep in the same bedroom. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales believes the home's previous occupants were the intended targets of the gunmen.

"This is a child. And these are cowards that shoot into a home," said Gonzalez. "They could have killed and injured a lot more people. We're going to do all we can to bring justice to this 11-year-old that lost his life this morning so tragically."

Police say the previous occupants were involved in drug activity.

"There was a lot of activity and possible criminal activity that had been going on in the home prior to that," Gonzalez told ABC 13.

Kenyatta Jones created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Kamren's funeral expenses. He also updated his Facebook page with pictures of his smiling son Sunday night.

This is the GoFundMe message about Kamren:

"If anyone knows Kenyatta Jones and his story, you would know that he is a God-fearing man who has taken care of his seven kids with Love and Value. His fourth born child Kamren was taken away too soon at the age of 11 from a drive by shooting of mistaken identity. Any support will help. Thanks."

  • Tiffany W

    This type of stuff just hurts my soul

  • Yardgirl

    The Jones family recently moved into the house that was previously occupied by people involved in criminal activity.
    There is zero respect for life. RIP to this innocent child *sad*

  • Topic Influencer

    OMG. Im so sorry for this dad and the remaining sibs. God bless yall.

  • Appplesauce

    I hope these cowards are caught. There is absolutely no regard for human life. They ain’t even scoping their targets out, just f$$$$$ shooting. I hope they catch these scums.

  • Rayne

    Can’t even be a family in peace. Lord have mercy!

  • SpiceGirl

    May this young man Rest easy....prayers to his family and his friends. Just friggin sad! No regards for life at ALL!!!

  • Trace da Ace

    RIP little angel......I hope the ones responsible for it rot in hell....with gasoline draws on.....

  • WhoKnew

    When I was a kid the safest place I could be was inside the house. Now, you are not even safe inside your own home.

    R.I. P. handsome young king.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    WOW! How long do you hold on to a vendetta, that you're not even aware that your "enemy" no longer lives where you think they live? the casualness of it all!!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Damn Shame!!!

  • Alextra Ballard

    There are no words for this

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  • Ms..N

    Someone alert the firing squad!! I'm so sick and tired of these stories of children being harmed!!

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    *stares in “this is america” indifference.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I can not !!! Nerp

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  • SunRiseBlossom

    I pray someone in the neighborhood have camera that can be helpful with this case!!!

  • Kimocha

    Reading this really broke my heart... Praying for the family and may lil Kamren RIP... Smdh!!!!

  • hottlanta

    Wow single man raising 7 kids by himself n aint nobody asking where r the moms. Aint nobody called him a trifling whore or nothing.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Blame Trump even tho this mess was going on in out communities WAAAAYYYYY before he got into office! And nuccasc went come forward because they don't "SNITCH" but BLAME THE W HOLE DAYUM world!

  • Renee26

    I wanna know where the mother is and if they all have the same egg donor...

    He's undatable with all those kids ?

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  • Kimocha

    It looks like the kids are all mixed... Moms probly a meth!

  • Renee26

    Drive bys are so cowardly

    RIP to the child... Prayers for the family

  • Renee26

    I was thinking along the lines of crazy...or incarcerated. She stayed pregnant whomever she is

  • Kimocha

    I agree... VERY cowardly!!!!

  • Kimocha

    Chile, STAYED pregnant!!!

  • MsSapphire9800

    This will be the first and probably the last time I will donate to sad. Most people only get upset when others kill blacks...Black Lives should matter even when it is Black on Black Crime. Parents need to get life insurance on their children when they are born...certainly if you live in a crime infested neighborhood.

  • MsSapphire9800

    The fact that he has all 7 children....lead me to speculate she is either crazy...meth head or a crackhead.

  • Applebootay

    They all look identical to each other and not much like the chances are its the same mother. My brother has 7 kids by the same woman. It is very possible. Undatable to some but not all.

  • Applebootay

    It said "recently" moved in so I assume this wasn't that old. <>

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    I don't know...but HYPOTHETICALLY if i were in the murdering business (but I'm not) ...I would case out the location of my intended target.....

  • Janice Collins

    The state of Texas will pay for all expenses. He only needs to complete the application

  • MsSapphire9800

    Oh...Thanks for the info...I thought he would have to bury that poor baby.

  • MJF

    Smh so sad

  • tintin

    is the landlord supposed to warn a future tenant about the sins of the past tenants?
    if he had known maybe he wouldn't have moved there.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    1) If you’re going to be a murderous thug, be a smart one. These savage idiots are running the streets and shooting up innocent victims. Lock these menaces up and throw away they key.
    2) SEVEN kids is crazy this day in age-where is the mama at?
    3) GoFundMe handouts shouldn’t be a replacement for life insurance.

  • SMDH x2

    Or passed away

  • Ghost

    STUPID thugs...they didn’t know NEW people moved in!? I wonder how long he had been on the house...this is just unbelievably sad...

  • TransMichelle

    PEOPLE...whenever you move find out about the history of the house/apartment you're moving to. I remember seeing another story of a family that moved to a house and the realtor didn't tell them that a bloody murder had been committed in the home not too long ago. When they found out they moved immediately.

  • Phillybruh

    Absolutely the landlord is supposed to say something.

  • Phillybruh

    She may have left because she ain't want no more and they kept making em.

  • Soon2BWife

    This terrible!!!! RiP. Daddy will not be single long.

  • Li-Wright

    Sad. Texas is catching up with Chicago in murders.

  • Li-Wright

    So true. A friend was looking at a condo to buy and it was populated with Section 8 rentals. She backed out.

    Something similar happened to me. I was so happy to find an apt in Chicago and I moved into one; and found out later the apartment had been raided by the Sheriffs because of drug dealing. After I moved in, there were people coming to the door all times of night. That's when I asked my neighbor why I was getting knocks on the door and he told me it was a drug den.

    Always ask, "Why is this apartment readily available?"

  • TransMichelle

    Yep, ask questions about who lives in the area and the resident. It's getting real, real, shady. Also they are shipping illegals everywhere and giving them homes.

  • Rayscoty

    Wait.. Do people not purchase life insurance anymore?

    How was people covering this expense before GOFUNDME

  • Clobaby_

    What a beautiful family! Please do research about the areas and places you are moving to!

  • Bree

    Poor baby! You're not even safe in the comfort of your own home, let alone bed. I can't stand these punks that shoot to kill but always miss their damn target. Only a fool would fire into a home at night anyway. These low life pieces of trash make me sick, trust me if I'm shooting to kill, I will not miss my target. And I'm not going to sneak up on you in the middle of the night. That's a punk move. Snakes make noise, assassins don't.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I really don’t think many parents purchase life insurance on their kids.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Yeah, its amazing how a single father with a large number of kids, is looked at as a catch but let that had been a single mother raising those kids alone here...this thread would be filled with insults about her while calling her kids bastards.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I said the same thing before scrolling down and reading your message.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    R.I.P young man. I cant imagine what that family is going through right now. Just horrible.

  • Thee Jaguar Doll

    Shoot, I did! For My son only, But when I got my life insurance policy I was pregnant and The child I carried would automatically be covered for a $5000 policy. So I got an extra $10,000 policy for My middle child (child I was carrying while I got my policy) & A $10,000 policy for my youngest. We live in Texas, West Texas, Where the roads/interstate are extremely dangerous! I tell folks all the time, Don't drive on I20 unless you got life insurance because these roads/drivers are dangerous af!

    In the case of an unfortunate event where me and my children lose our lives on the road or wherever, I wouldn't want them asking folks for money or donations! That's why it's important that folks have that death talk with their family. Are they financially prepared for their burial/cremation, they want to be cremated, Are they organ donors, if no cremation where do they want to be buried, who will take care of the kids, who will be in charge of their estate... My family is in the death business; Transporting bodies from one county to another for autopsies, A few funeral home owners, Morticians/Funeral directors. So the death talk and Our death plans have been set in place.

  • Soon2BWife

    Yeah, men are excused and forgiven and it is usually women excusing them.....double standard.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    You're right! Those same women who give a single dad a pass, judge single mothers to no end. Go figure.

  • Topic Influencer

    Preach it

  • Zeta Aggie

    There’s usually a rider offered for about $10k for each child
    when there is a parent covered

  • Seldomseen

    Now that would be too much like right

  • Prettybrowneyes

    It was offered from my employer for years. I had a mental block, because nobody wants to think about burying their child. I just recently started to take the option for the past 5 years or so. I do understand why parents hesitate but for a few dollars per paycheck everything is paid for. It's morbid but anything can happen ?.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    That's so terrible. Man, y'all please stop the violence.


    Thats horrible.. Drive Byes have always been the ultimate Fail. They always shooting the wrong people.

  • CookieMobster

    Where is Common's fake outrage about this. Now this here is something to be outraged about. Calling NBA team owners, NBA team owners, NOT SO MUCH.

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  • CookieMobster

    I wonder what happened to the momma. No WAY I'd leave my baby with his deedy. NO WAY

  • Truedat!

    He probably needs the funds for cou selling or moving expenses...I dont think the state of tx will cover that

  • Jussjess25

    How sad rip to the little boy.

  • abby500

    Rest young king

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Aww and he was such a handsome little fella. RIP Lil Man, God bless his family

  • Patricia

    years ago, a couple months after we had moved into a new apartment, an agitated-looking young black man walked right up on me one afternoon as i was coming out of the door asking if somebody was inside our apartment. i told him no, we just moved in. he looked at me really long and hard like he was trying to see if i was being honest. my young son came outside to play. i offered him extra info just to verify and said we had moved in before thanksgiving on such-and-such date. he seemed to relax with that info and returned to a running car with another roughneck looking young man in the drivers seat. thank God they asked questions first.