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10-Year-Old Played Dead, FaceTimed Grandma After 'Sickening' Triple Family Slaying

“'Granny, my mom got shot. My dad got shot,'” Manda Lagway, the grandmother of a critically injured 10-year-old girl, recalled her granddaughter telling her in a video call after gunshots erupted at a home in southwest Houston.

By Dorian Geiger

A 10-year-old Texas girl, who was shot in the arm after a gunman stormed her home, killing her parents and another 6-year-old child, survived the ordeal by playing dead, according to reports. 

Xavier Dominique Davis, 28, has been charged with three counts of capital murder in the triple-slaying following a robbery attempt that unfolded at a Houston apartment complex late last month, according to charging documents obtained by Oxygen.com.  

Houston Police were dispatched to a home at 12101 Fondren Road around 10:35 p.m. on June 30 after gunshots were reported.

Donyavia Lagway, 29, Gregory Carhee, 35, and Harmony Carhee, 6, were found fatally shot inside the residence. A 10-year-old girl, who also sustained a gunshot wound, reportedly survived the incident by faking her death. She then FaceTimed her grandmother from inside the home, according to KTRK-TV

"I still can't believe it," Manda Lagway told the outlet. "She's like, 'Granny, my mom got shot. My dad got shot' and I'm like, 'What happened?'"

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A 1-year-old child, who was also found inside the apartment, was unharmed, Click2Houston.com reported. After the shooter left, the 10-year-old locked the door. 

“I just want everybody to know my baby, she's a hero,” Lagway added. “My baby is a hero."

The 10-year-old was later rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Investigators subsequently identified Davis as the suspect. He first knocked on the family’s door before being let in by Gregory Carhee, the 10-year-old girl told authorities. Davis allegedly opened fire in the course of robbing Carhee, charging documents stated. 

Friends and relatives were stunned to learn of the triple slaying.

"Someone's sick,” Gloria Johnson, Donyavia's friend, told KTRK-TV. “It's sickening. ... That's a monster. You don't do that.”

Davis was arrested on July 1 on a separate domestic violence charge. He’s been charged with three counts of capital murder, as well as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Davis is currently being held at a Harris County detention center, according to online jail records.

A judge denied his bond over the weekend, citing a "risk to community safety," according to KTRK-TV.

Harris County assistant public defender, Emma Cantu, represented Davis during the Sunday bond hearing. She wasn’t immediately available for comment. Davis since requested representation, court filings show. 

Davis was scheduled back in court on Tuesday.

Davis has a lengthy criminal record, including a number of pending cases.

On June 7, Davis allegedly pulled a “silver revolver” on his girlfriend and threatened to shoot her after he became suspicious she was cheating on him, according to a separate complaint obtained by Oxygen.com. He was charged with aggravated assault of a family member.

In 2014, Davis was also convicted of felony aggravated robbery.

If convicted in the triple murder, Davis faces life in prison or a possible death sentence, according to state laws.