A Texas mother of two was shot to death at a local Wal-Mart and the woman’s family is outraged.
Harris County Sheriff’s deputies allege that Tiasa Andrews, Yolanda Craig, and Shelly Frey were stealing from a local area Wal-Mart on Thursday night when they and were confronted by Louis Campbell, an off-duty deputy who works security at the store.
Campbell chased the women into the parking lot and says at one point he was between the car door and the driver’s seat and feared for his safety. Campbell shot Frey in the neck. She later died at her apartment.
Frey, 27, moved to Houston, Texas after Hurricane Katrina.
Frey’s parents, who drove up from New Orleans after hearing about what happened from friends, say police never contacted them and they were not allowed to see their daughter’s body.
“Shelly was the perfect mom, perfect friend, perfect daughter,” said her father, Shelton Frey.
“I can’t eat, I can’t sleep—I just need to know,” her mother Sharon Wilkerson said.
The family can’t understand why the deputy shot to kill.
“Why couldn’t you just shoot the tire, shoot the window?” she asked. “Was it that serious?”
The parents say that even if their daughter was guilty of shoplifting, she didn’t deserve to die for that offense.
“How do I tell these children she’s not coming back?” Wilkerson asked.
Earlier this year Frey pleaded guilty to stealing shirts and a package of meat from Wal-Mart, and agreed to avoid Walmart stores as part of a plea agreement.