Beloved grandma, known for being generous, murdered in bed

HOUSTON, Texas -- Investigators are searching for the suspect who killed a 78-year-old grandmother inside her southeast Houston home.

Police say Owena McHenry's body was discovered around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the 5800 block of Flamingo Drive by her daughter and grandson. Authorities say McHenry was found in the bedroom of her home with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say that on the night of New Year's Eve, someone sneaked into McHenry's backyard and fired seven shots into her bedroom.

Police say McHenry reportedly told her family she heard a lot of gunshots, glass falling on her and a lot of fireworks.

Police added that the suspect or suspects returned later that day, entered the house and shot McHenry in the head while she was sleeping in her bed.

"We believe the same shooter may have returned this evening to finish what they started on New Year's Eve," said Detective Michael Arrington with Houston police homicide.

According to investigators, McHenry's grandson was going to stay the night with her but when they arrived at her home it was too late.

McHenry's family told police she had lived in that home for over 50 years and described her as a very generous person who was well-loved by her neighbors.

Police are asking for witnesses who saw vehicles or anyone walking around on New Year's Eve to call Crime Stoppers or HPD homicide.
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