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3 Girls Killed, 2 Hurt in Texas Shooting

September 11, 2003

HOUSTON (AP) _ A man was charged with capital murder Thursday after his teenage ex-girlfriend told police he shot her, her mother and her three younger sisters, killing the three youngest girls.

Police were searching for 35-year-old ex-convict Anthony Quinn Francois, who family members said had resisted Shamika Patterson’s attempts to break up with him.

Police spokesman John Cannon said Shamika, 16, told police who arrived at the scene, ``My boyfriend Anthony shot us.″

She and her mother, 34-year-old Sheila Patterson, survived. Her sisters _ Nakisha, 15, Ashley, 11, and Brittany, 10 _ died, Cannon said.

The five were shot early Thursday while most of the family was sleeping in their home in southeast Houston.

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Francois has been in prison five times since 1988 for crimes including drug possession and robbery.

Cannon said police weren’t aware of any protection orders barring Francois from associating with Shamika or her family. But he said that Francois apparently came looking for her.

``Whether or not his intention was to shoot the others, we don’t know,″ he said.

Hospital spokesmen said Thursday the family asked that no information be released about the conditions of Shamika and her mother.

Family members who arrived outside the two-bedroom home in a low-income neighborhood said Francois had been upset with the teenager. Cousin Nicole Nellums, 23, said the two had recently broken up.

``He’s just mad because she didn’t want to be with him anymore,″ she said.

Another cousin, 20-year-old Tiffany Patterson, sobbed outside the home. ``Why did he have to come and kill them? It’s just not right,″ she said.

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