Third grade Houston teacher gunned down after trying to help friend escape domestic violence


Shantavia Redd**k, a teacher from Houston, Texas, was fatally shot earlier this month, along with her dog, when she intervened in a domestic disturbance to help her friend.

29-year-old Shantavia Redd**k

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On September 9, Houston Police Chief Ed Gonzalez wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, that 26-year-old Shantavia Redd**k went to her friend’s home on Saturday morning to intervene in a domestic disturbance. Chief Gonzalez said that Redd**k had her dog with her and was making contact with her friend when her friend’s boyfriend, Dimitri Humphrey, shot and killed Redd**k and her dog.

Redd**k saved her friend’s life, giving her own, Gonzalez said.

Redd**k’s friend was not injured, and the police said Humphrey remains at large. Chief Gonzalez said Humphrey fled the scene in a white Jeep Wrangler with Texas plates TFN-4278.

Dimitri Humphry

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Redd**k was a third-grade teacher at Smith Elementary School, and her tragic death has left her students and co-workers reeling. At the end of the 2021-22 school year, Redd**k was named a Rookie Teacher of the Year by her school district.

Spring ISD is deeply saddened about the pa*sing of one of our 3rd-grade teachers, Ms. Shantavia Redd**k. Ms. Redd**k, who had been with Spring ISD since 2020, was a beloved team member at Smith Elementary School. This is a deep loss for not only Spring ISD but to public education as a whole. Our hearts are with her family at this very difficult time, the district said in a statement.

Redd**k graduated from Prairie View A&M in 2020 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, as reported by Houston CBS affiliate KHOU.

Obviously making a huge impact in our community and taken far too soon at only 26 years old, Gonzalez said.

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Anyone with information on Humphrey’s whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477)

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