A 9 and 10-year-old came home Friday afternoon to find their father dead inside their East Arlington apartment, police said. A 3-year-old child was at the home at the time was unharmed.
Police said the two older children took the 3-year-old to a neighbor, who called 911 around 3:30pm Friday.
The medical examiner Saturday morning identified the father as Teara Williams, 48. He died of apparent stab wounds, police said. An autopsy will be performed to confirm that's how Williams died, but one was not scheduled as of Saturday morning.
Police released very little information on, what they call, the homicide investigation in the 2400 block of Hollandale Circle.
"Detectives are in the early stages of this investigation, but believe that Mr. Williams...possibly knew his attacker and that this could be drug-related," Arlington police spokesperson Tiara Richard wrote in an email to the media Saturday afternoon.
Williams has a prior criminal history that includes drug-related arrests.
"I pray for the kids 'cause right now they're going through a difficult time, to come home to see something like that," neighbor Justin Simmons said.
No information was released regarding any suspect in this case. Richard said the children's mother lives out of state and has been notified about the incident.
"I'm afraid 'cause I got a 1-year-old daughter," Simmons said. "I got an 8-year-old son that plays with them out front, plays with his kids out front."
Neighbors said they've heard yelling indoors and outdoors in the past week, but they don't know if it's related to the homicide.
"Very uncomfortable knowing that there's the possibility that anything bad can happen to anybody around you," said Robert Slack, neighbor. "And you inadvertently feel like there's a target on your back, when there really isn't. It's just a really scary place to be right now."
The three children are being cared for by CPS at this time.
Investigators ask that anyone with information about this homicide call Homicide Detective Byron Stewart at 817 459-5691, or Crime Stoppers at (817) 469-TIPS (8477). All tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward up to $1,000, APD said.