11-year-old boy kills grandmother after she asks him to clean his room

Odette Odendaal
Nov 06, 2018
12:44 P.M.

Tragedy strikes Maricopa as a young boy shoots and kills his grandmother for not wanting to clean his room before he turns the gun on himself.


On Saturday, October 3, Doyle Herbert and his wife Yvonne Woodard from Litchfield Park, Phoenix, Arizona, had asked their grandson numerous times to clean his room, but was being stubborn and refused.

The 11-year-old boy then decided to put an end to everything around 5 pm, when he approached his grandparents from behind while they were watching television and shot Woodard in the back of the head.

In shock Herbert ran after the boy but returned to his wife and phoned 911 while he tried to help her, it was then that he heard the second gunshot and saw his grandson take a few steps before he fell to the ground.


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According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the gun belonged to Herbert, and there has been no indication that the boy would hurt anyone or himself.

On November 5, Litchfield Elementary School District released a statement that read:

“Our hearts are with the Hebert family and their loved ones as they endure this unimaginable pain.”


They also confirmed that the boy was a student at Western Sky Middle School. The Sheriff’s Office has not released information on how the boy got hold of the weapon.

Shelly Hornback, the district spokeswoman said psychologists have been made available in helping students and staff process the devastating news.


Chancellor Lee Adams is now 19 years old, and he almost did not make it being born at all. If not for the determination of his mother and grandmother, matters would have been completely different.

Lee is the son of Rae Carruth, the wide receiver for the Panthers during the late nineties and early 2000s. Lee’s mum, Cherica Adams met Rae Carruth in the summer of 1998.

The first time she fell pregnant he told her to get an abortion, which she did, but the second time she refused. Rae went on to make a few plans with regards to getting rid of the baby, but none worked until the night of November 15, 1999.


Cherica was about seven months pregnant and Rae was on her way home, following Rae in his car, with notorious criminals Van Brett Watkins and Michael Kennedy following in the vehicle behind.

On Rea road at around 12:30 am, Rae came to a sudden halt, followed by Cherica. The criminals Watkins and Kennedy pulled up beside Cherica and Watkins fired five .38 bullets into Cherica’s car.

Cherica phoned 911 and after an hour of being shot, her boy got delivered by emergency C-section. Due to oxygen deprivation Cherica’s boy, Chancellor Lee Adams developed cerebral palsy, but he survived.


His mother, unfortunately, died a few weeks after his birth, and his father, Rae Carruth tried to get custody of Lee for the first time in February 2000, while on trial for first degree murder of the very boy he was trying to murder. Lee’s grandmother protected him as much as she could.

And now 19 years later Lee is doing well and full of love and adoration for his grandmother, who had helped save his life.


Earlier this year there was another newborn whose grandparents could not wait to meet him, however, dad was stationed in Italy for over a year already and the new grandparents lived in Kentucky.

Ricky Spaulding works at Anderson County High School and does not make enough money for him and his wife to travel to Italy to meet their first grandchild.

Source: YouTube/ HLN

Source: YouTube/ HLN

Students and school officials became aware of the situation and wanted to help. They came up with a plan, and after canvassing the school their effort raised enough money to send both grandparents to Italy to meet their grandson for the first time.

They surprised him by the ruse of a stained gym floor, but when Spaulding got on stage, he saw the bag was full of money. They had raised $1,900 in cash. Spaulding was overcome with emotion and gratitude. He and his wife plan ongoing over the winter vacations and are very excited.

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