Antonio Armstrong: Former Blue Bomber and NFL Player shot and killed

Antonio Armstrong and his wife shot and killed in Houston – son charged with murder

People are reacting to the murder of Antonio Armstrong and his wife Dawn Armstrong with shock and sadness, compounded by the arrest of their 16 year-old son for the horrible crime.

Antonio Armstrong played for the San Francisco 49ers in 1995, before later playing for the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins.

Armstrong also played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

As reported by NBC, Armstrong and his wife were found by Houston Police at 2:00 am. Their two other children were home as well and were found unharmed.

A chilling note was found at the scene which said, “I’m watching you.”

Antonio Armstrong and Dawn Armstrong were highly regarded in the community

Antonio Armstrong and Dawn Armstrong were highly regarded in their community.

Part of the shock surrounding the murders is due to the high opinion of Antonio and Dawn in the community:

“This was an outstanding family. The male of the family was an absolute hard-working breadwinner,” said homicide Investigator Jimmy Dodson, to KPRC in Houston. “He was an associate pastor in the area church. He’s a great guy. The mother was apparently a great mother, according to family members. Like I said, it was kind of the all-American family.”

Armstrong was drafted in 1995 by the San Francisco 49ers as a Linebacker.

After retiring in 2002, Armstrong became a motivational speaker. He and Dawn started 1st Class Training – a fitness company. 1st Class Training has three locations in Houston.

Armstrong’s college football coach R.C. Slocum made a statement on Armstrong’s passing:

Antonio was a special young man. He was an All-American and an outstanding player, but he was an even better person,” said Slocum. “He was such a positive influence on his teammates. He always had a great big smile and was a joy to coach.”

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