Tragedy Strikes during Christmas Break

Ebony Sheppard was a 30 year old mother just enjoying her family time on December 26th was needlessly murdered during an attempted robbery. 19 year old Xavier Davis was arrested 2 days later, linked to the murder and and a string of other robberies in the Austin Area.  According to the arrest affidavit Davis was linked to two robberies that took place 24 hours before the death of Ebony. 

"The first robbery happened at Dottie Jordan Park around 9:45 p.m. Four friends were hanging out around a bonfire at the park when a suspect approached them and pointed a small, black semi-automatic pistol at them. The victims told police he demanded they empty their pockets, which they did.

The suspect then told the four victims they had 5 seconds to “run away or he would start shooting,” according to court documents. As the victims started to run away, the suspect began to yell out his count down. “However, the suspect then fired multiple shots” as they ran and struck two of the victims. The victims kept running through the creek bed to get away from the shooter."

"Less than 45 minutes after the park incident and less than 1 mile away, a woman called 911 to report she was carjacked when she returned to her home in the 6600 block of Highpoint Drive. The woman described the suspect as a young, black man between the ages of 18 and 22 years old. The victim’s description of the suspect’s weapon was similar to the first robbery. Fearing for her life, the victim said she handed over her phone and her Cadillac Escalade.

APD Lt. Jason Staniszewski said in a press conference Friday that while Lewis was fleeing the scene in the Escalade, he ran over an individual who is now in serious condition."  This all happened on the evening of Christmas, and 24 hours later the unfortunate happened. Check out the full story right here.

A Go Fund Me page has been established to help this family lay to rest this poor unfortunate mother.  Our thoughts are with this family.

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