By SARAH MERVOSH AND NAHEED RAJWANI
Published: 30 June 2014 10:53 PM
Updated: 01 July 2014 06:51 AM
Lahomer Anderson’s loved ones rushed to her Red Bird-area apartment Monday when they heard there had been an overnight shooting there.
They were there when the cops arrived, when her daughter burst from the apartment screaming about her dead mother, and when Dallas police escorted Anderson’s boyfriend out in handcuffs. Anderson’s sister met his gaze as he passed, his socks and shoes covered in blood.
“I wanted him to feel what I felt,” said Patsy Anderson, who was accustomed to talking to her sister every other day. “I wanted him to be where my sister was.”
Brandon Donya Hughes, 34, is accused of shooting the 43-year-old mother of two around 3 a.m. Monday at her apartment in the 7200 block of Marvin D. Love Freeway. The couple had been dating about four years and had no documented history of domestic violence. But her family said they had recently been arguing over allegations of infidelity.
The Lancaster man has been charged with murder. His bail was set at $750,000 and he remained in the Dallas County Jail late Monday.
Lahomer Anderson, who worked in home health care and typically settled in early on Sunday nights, had left during the night to pick up Hughes from his grandmother’s house because he called and asked for a ride, Patsy Anderson said. The couple got back to her apartment between 2:45 and 3 a.m., police said.
Lahomer Anderson’s adult daughter was asleep with her 2-year-old when she heard the couple come home. After that, all was quiet until the sudden blast of two gunshots ripped through the apartment. The daughter grabbed her toddler and hid in the closet, where she called her aunt.
“I heard my mama crying,” she told her aunt. “I’m scared.”
Patsy Anderson rushed over from her home in Duncanville and called police. Officers found Lahomer Anderson’s body in the living room. They arrested Hughes, who has been previously convicted of evading arrest, criminal trespass and multiple counts of drug possession.
Neighbors said Anderson had lived at the Surrey Row Apartments for two or three months. Edward Veals, 24, was playing video games with his brother early Monday when he heard a loud “boom … like somebody hit the floor.” Later, he heard Anderson’s daughter wailing: “He killed my mom. He killed my mom.”
“Everybody heard that screaming, crying,” he said.
Patsy Anderson said she last talked to her sister Saturday. Lahomer Anderson had stopped by and mentioned that Hughes’ family had been accusing her of cheating on him. But Patsy Anderson said that her sister had been faithful during the couple’s on-again-off-again relationship and had never complained of domestic violence. She said her sister had been assisting Hughes in his attempts to get his GED and find a job.
“I don't understand why he would try to hurt somebody that was helping him,” said Patsy Anderson, 46.
In addition to her daughter, Lahomer Anderson is survived by a 16-year-old son, who was staying at a friend’s house the night of the shooting.
The Anderson sisters, who enjoyed going to Six Flags, exchanging recommended reading and watchingCSI: Crime Scene Investigation together, were planning to go to a family reunion in East Texas over the Fourth of July weekend. Now, Patsy Anderson doesn’t know if she’ll attend.
She keeps looking to her phone, expecting a call from her sister. She’s preoccupied with questions: How did this happen? And why is the man who claimed to love her sister now accused of killing her?
“That’s not love,” she said. “That’s just crazy.”