Black Woman Killed by Ex-Boyfriend ~ Man charged after being accused of shooting ex-girlfriend to death with children present
Courtesy of ABC13 Houston | Edited by Odyssey Media Group | Commentary by Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Black Woman Killed by Ex-Boyfriend ~ It amazes me that so many people are completely outraged because Deion Sanders chose to leave Jackson State University to coach at a Power Five school, all while intimate partner violence and intimate partner homicide are at an all-time high. One of the leading causes of death for Black women between 15 and 44 is intimate partner homicide. Richard Hemphill is just one of the latest Black men who could not handle rejection and decided to choose violence as means of final resolution.
I have gone to great lengths to share the importance of adequately developing and racially socializing young Black males. Not only does racial socialization reduce the proclivity for violence, but it prepares Black males to be pro-social and contributors to their communities and families. I created the Black Men Lead rite of passage initiative as a means of having a universal rite of passage to help racially socialize Black males and to guide them into Black manhood. We live in a society with no universal definition of manhood—no universal standard of behavior. We have left young Black men to figure it out on their own.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men!” ~ Frederick Douglass
“The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.” ~ African Proverb
We cannot continue to allow this reality to flow underneath the current of our undivided attention. We owe it to our women and children to protect them and provide them with a safe environment. We need Black men to stand up and reassume the roles that we have abdicated at the expense of our legacies. Our boys need us to right the ship—the future of our race depends on it. ~ Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.
A man was charged after his ex-girlfriend was shot and killed in front of two small children in southeast Houston, according to police.
Richard Hemphill was charged with capital murder and denied of bail after prosecutors called him a community threat, court records show.
Charging documents show Hemphill asked for a $40,000 bond, which was denied after the judge noted the victim was afraid of him because they had a “violent relationship.”
Investigators said the 27-year-old is believed to be the father of one of the children who were present during their mother’s death.
On Dec. 1, officers with the Houston Police Department responded to shooting at an apartment complex in the 7400 block of Calhoun Road at about 4 a.m.
One neighbor told Eyewitness News in a previous report that she heard loud noises before police arrived.
“We heard the shots at 4 (a.m.),” a neighbor said. “We heard, ‘Pow! Pow! Pow!’ Then we heard, ‘BOOM!'”
Prosecutors said video shows Hemphill went to his ex-girlfriend’s home and tried to get inside.
Charging documents read that the woman fired a shot while Hemphill was trying to break in.
Investigators said he went to his vehicle, returned, and approached the woman’s window to begin firing at her from outside with an AR long gun.
When officers arrived, they found her shot multiple times in the back and medics rushed her to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Police named the woman’s 27-year-old ex-boyfriend as a suspect, but said he has not been charged yet because investigators want to talk to him.
Investigators said the woman was in the apartment with her sister, her current boyfriend, his relative, and two young children.
Investigators believe Hemphill fired four to five rounds, then ran away from the Wesley Square Apartments.
No one else inside the apartment was hurt, including the children.
According to the Texas Council of Family Violence, in 2021, domestic violence in Harris County led to 47 people dying, the most in any county in Texas.
If you need help getting out of a domestic violence situation, call the Houston Area Women’s Center 24/7 hotline at 713-528-2121 or call AVDA at 713-224-9911. You can also click here to chat with an advocate online. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and need help, call 713-528-3625.