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Former Hallettsville football player charged in murder case

By by Dianna Wray - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
Oct. 8, 2012 at 5:08 a.m.
Updated Oct. 9, 2012 at 5:09 a.m.


A former Hallettsville High School football player is facing a murder charge.

Parris Brown, 24, is also confronting charges of aggravated assault in the wake of a fatal shooting in Gonzales on Sunday that left two people dead and two others wounded.

Gonzales police were called to the 1400 block of Kleine Street at 12:34 a.m. Sunday on a report of a shooting, Gonzales Police Capt. Allen Taylor stated in a news release.

Officers found three people with gunshot wounds at the scene across the street from The Ebony Club, according to the Gonzales Inquirer.

Frederick Lamon Smith, 39, of Gonzales, died at the hospital and was pronounced dead at 3:24 a.m. by Gonzales County Justice of the Peace Deidra Voigt.

Taylon Edow Porter, 23, of San Marcos, was transported to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, where he died of his injuries.

Tony Anthony Hernandez, 24, of Gonzales, was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio. He is listed in critical condition.

A fourth victim transported herself to Gonzales Memorial Hospital and was released.

Warrants for murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon were issued for Brown on Sunday.

He was arrested without incident, according to the release.

Brown was a running back at Hallettsville High School.

"On the football field and in school he was just a great kid to have around. We relied on him a bunch," said Donald Shimek, a retired assistant coach from Hallettsville High School.

During his senior year in 2005, Brown was named District 26-3A offensive player of the year and earned an all-state honorable mention.

Kyle Taylor was head coach of the Hallettsville Brahmas when Brown played for the team. He described Brown as an unfailingly polite person who worked hard on and off the football field, never missing a practice or allowing his grades to slip.

Known as "P.B." to his coaches and teammates, he attended Prairie View A&M and hoped to be a coach, Taylor said.

Taylor said he and Shimek were stunned to learn Brown had been charged with murder.

"Parris was an unbelievable kid," Taylor said. "I don't know exactly what happened, but he was a role model."

Gonzales police said the investigation is continuing and that more arrests are expected.

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