Before committing the crime, Tarel posted a video on Instagram hinting about his plans to kill his daughter.
In the video, the 26 year old can be seen scolding the girl for running away and later making a vague threat. “I’m through with the thing,” he said. “Ya heard me? I’m through with it.”.
Tarel’s mother, Dorian Johnson, told police that she had left to run an errand on Thursday night and left the little girl with her father and when she came home, she found her son dead and her granddaughter severely wounded.
The girl’s mother, Shonique Johnson, found out about her daughter’s death through a phone call from police in Texas.
“He pointed a gun at my baby because she was trying to run, and he shot her,” Johnson told KTRK through her tears.
Johnson added that her daughter was excited to be spending time with her father and grandmother.
“She wanted to go. She said she wanted to be with her nana and her daddy because she was missing him, and I allowed her to go.”
There were no signs of the tragic violence that would come, Johnson told KTRK.