KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) – The Bell County District Attorney’s Office has filed a capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon complaint against Kendrick Donnell Gaines, 39, the man accused of shooting and killing two girls and injuring a woman, during of a domestic disturbance in Killeen over the weekend.
Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Gaines and set his bail at $2.5 million. The suspect is being held at the Bell County Jail.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the families of two girls – identified by the account as 11-year-old Makayla R. Martin and 6-year-old Alyssa Whitfield – who were allegedly shot dead by Gaines.
“A domestic violence home is no one’s home. The life of this family will be changed forever. Makayla and Alyssa were bright and playful little girls,” the GoFundMe account reads.
Killeen Police is investigate the fatal incident at 403 West Vega Lane and have yet to officially confirm the identity of the victims.
According to the GoFundMe account, the girls are cousins and were shot by Martin’s stepfather. Police have not officially confirmed that Gaines is Martin’s stepfather.
Makayla’s mother, identified as Danielle in the GoFundMe account, was also shot, but survived. “His son Joshua was also targeted and luckily escaped,” the account reads.
When police arrived at the scene of the domestic disturbance shortly after 11am on Saturday, they found the eleven-year-old girl dead inside the house. The six-year-old girl was found suffering from a gunshot wound and was immediately airlifted to McLane Children’s Hospital in critical condition. She eventually succumbed to her injuries.
The 38-year-old woman was also found with gunshot wounds. She was immediately transported by EMS to Baylor Scott & White in stable condition.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the woman and her spouse, now identified as Gaines, were involved in a domestic disturbance when shots were fired.
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