HOUSTON, Texas – Family and friends gathered at Turtle Pointe apartments in southwest Houston on Saturday to mourn the loss of 23-year-old Jaynice Ferguson, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. The community came together to honor her memory and demand justice for her tragic and untimely death.
Ferguson was fatally shot on January 17, and in her last moments, she identified her ex-boyfriend, Algie Washington, as her killer. Her family lit candles and released balloons in her honor, expressing their grief and anger over her senseless death.
According to Ferguson’s family, her relationship with Washington ended in 2020, but the harassment and stalking persisted for three years despite multiple assault charges and a protection order. They expressed frustration over the law enforcement’s failure to protect her despite the documented history of abuse.
Her sister, Michelle Williams, lamented the loss of her young sister and the pain of not having her around. “She was only 23 years old, extremely healthy and a coward came and took her life,” she said. The family also expressed their dismay over the lack of intervention by law enforcement, believing that Ferguson’s life could have been spared if her case had been taken more seriously.
Even Ferguson’s 11-year-old nephew, Christian, felt the weight of the loss, describing how his mother was heartbroken and devastated by the tragedy.
Algie Washington is currently in custody on a $1 million bond. The family continues to seek answers and justice for Jaynice, as they grapple with the devastating aftermath of her death.
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