Monday, March 17, 2008

easy like sunday morning pt 2

Mystery surrounds football star's murder

09:35 PM CDT on Monday, March 17, 2008
By Jeff McShan / 11 News

HOUSTON -- Courtney James was one of the best running backs in Bellaire High School history. In his senior year, he rushed for nearly 1,000 yards.

He was all-district, heavily recruited and full of life.

A life that -- at the age of just 21-- is now over.

11 News has learned a body found dumped three weeks ago at the far end of Staples Street was Courtney James. The medical examiner confirmed his identification through fingerprints.

At Bellaire High, the news of James' death is spreading fast.

Hundreds of people have been commenting on the tragic murder and sending condolences to the James family on social Web sites, like Facebook.

“He's been into people since he was small. He'll talk to you, he'll talk to everybody,” said his mother Faye. “That's why I don't understand. It is really, really puzzling.”

Monday afternoon, crime scene tape still marks the spot near the railroad tracks - where James’ body was found.

Police say he had been shot.

Holding back tears Ms. James says she needs some answers.

“That's all I want. I promised that to him, promised that to him and we just need some closure,” she said.

Ms. James, said there is a lot of chatter going around, some people are talking. And with a $5,000 reward now offered, perhaps the talk will lead police to the killer or killers.

original KHOU article with video and pictures

Anyone with information on the murder of Courtney James should call (713) 222-8477.

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