A 19-year-old Ugandan American, Isaac Tiharihondi, has been accused by the Houston police of killing his parents with a baseball bat and stabbing his little brother with a kitchen knife.
Isaac’s victims are his father Israel Ahimbisibwe, 51, an Ugandan Houston based pastor, Dorcus Ahimbisibwe, 47, and Israel Ahimbisibwe, Jr.
Houston police have filled a two-count of capital murder against Isaac Tiharihondi..
Investigators believe Tiharihondi killed his family at their apartment in the 870 block of Strey Lane, not far from Memorial City Mall.
Court documents show Tiharihondi used a lamp, baseball bat and a hammer to kill his parents and he stabbed his little brother with a kitchen knife.
Court documents also say the suspect lied about being accepted into US Marine.
The murdered trio had failed to turn up at Church on Sunday February 5, without notice, said to be uncharacteristic and also failed to respond to text and calls.
Church member Keever Wallace and wife, Brookesaid.
Wallace and his wife, Brooke, knocked on their apartment door late Sunday but got no response. Brooke Wallace returned Monday morning and alerted an apartment manager, who opened the apartment to allow HFD firefighters to conduct a welfare check.
Houston police said the family of three was found dead in the apartment. According to sources, all three had been beaten to death. It was not clear how long they had been dead.
Police said there were no signs of forced entry.
The Ahimbisibwes were parents to two older children as well, according to church members, both boys. One attends private school in California. The other graduated from Memorial High School last year.
Monday morning about a dozen church members gathered outside the apartment to pray for the family.
“It’s a shock,” Keever Wallace said. “This is just a shock. I don’t know how to make any sense of this at all.”
“This is a horrific and awful tragedy,” Bishop C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas, said in a statement. “We are in touch with the police and Israel’s family here in Houston. Please keep the Ahimbisibwe and Redeemer families in your prayers.”
The diocese said Ahimbisibwe, a native of Uganda, was ordained in the Church of Uganda and held master’s degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School.
He earned another master’s and doctorate from Rice University after completing graduate research at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
A brother to the pastor’s wife, Apollo Kashanku, a transport economist in the Ministry of works & transport, said they were still gathering detailed information about the deceased who was last in Uganda in June 2014.
“We’re exploiting the possibility of returning the bodies of the deceased to Uganda for burial”, he added.