Two sisters were killed and a 2-year-old child was injured at a shooting at Texas A&M University-Commerce, a public university roughly 65 miles northeast of downtown Dallas, on Monday.
The A&M-Commerce University Police Department identified two victims today:
Our continued thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of the victims from this week’s tragedy.
A&M-Commerce University Police Department has confirmed the identities of the two deceased. The first victim is 19-year-old Deja Matts. (1/3)
— A&M-Commerce (@tamuc) February 4, 2020
Deja and Abbaney Matts died together in a dorm room in Texas A and M Commerce. They were murdered in a domestic violence incident. Family shared this picture with me. pic.twitter.com/16GG2niA1c
— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) February 4, 2020
Deja Matts, 19-years-old, a freshman, was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, officials said.
Her older sister, 20-year-old Abbaney Matts, was also killed. Her two-year-old son was the toddler wounded in the shooting, police said. Abbaney was not a student.
On Monday, university police investigated the shooting at Pride Rock Residence Hall and told students and staff to find shelter as a “precautionary measure” for about an hour. The residence hall, or crime scene, remained blocked off, campus police said.
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Classes and all campus events are canceled through Wednesday. Professional counselors are available, the university said.
Police believe the shooting was a targeted, isolated incident, and the investigation remains ongoing, involving multiple agencies.