Two sisters were killed and infant injured at Texas A&M Commerce

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Two sisters were killed and infant injured at Texas A&M Commerce

Sisters Abbaney and Deja Matt were killed on Feb. 3. Abbaney Matt's son was injured.

Sisters Abbaney and Deja Matt were killed on Feb. 3. Abbaney Matt's son was injured.

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Sisters Abbaney and Deja Matt were killed on Feb. 3. Abbaney Matt's son was injured.

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Sisters Abbaney and Deja Matt were killed on Feb. 3. Abbaney Matt's son was injured.

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COMMERCE, Texas — Two sisters have been killed in a violent attack at a Texas A&M University- Commerce dormitory in East Texas on Feb. 3.

Jacques Dshawn Smith, 21, was arrested for capital murder of multiple persons, along with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The victims of these crimes are Abbaney Matts, 20, her sister and fellow peer, Deja Matts, 19, and Abbaney Matts’s two-year-old son.

According to the Texas A&M-Commerce Police Department, the son of Abbaney Matts was reported to have been shot in the foot during the altercation. After being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, he was released into the custody of extended family.

The incident took place in Pride Hall, a place of residence for students attending Texas A&M- Commerce. Updates provided on the university’s website confirm that the incident was being investigated during the early morning and afternoon hours on Feb. 3.

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Pride Rock is a co-ed dorm that opened in 2011 at Texas A&M Commerce.

Police believe that Smith was Abbaney Matts’s ex-boyfriend and became hostile after a tumultuous break-up. University Chief of Police Bryan Vaughn said officers responded to a noise complaint around 10:17 a.m.

Following the attack, questions have been raised about the assailant’s criminal history. According to Dallas News, on Jan. 27, Abbaney Matts filed a report on Smith, telling Dallas Police that Smith had beat her violently with a frying pan and a lamp. Smith fled the scene but was arrested during a routine traffic stop. The suspect was released on $15,000 bail, with the minimum of $1,500 posted.

Texas A&M University President, Mark Rudin, issued a statement explaining the next steps in safety for students on campus, “We are issuing the Campus Safety Action Plan for immediate implementation. … This will be a dynamic, fluid document that will be continually improved, and updates will be communicated on our website. Our only option is a sustained, continuous improvement of safety on our campus.”