14-year-old murder witness recalls Irving shooting

A 14-year old boy who was in an Irving apartment when police say a man came in and murdered his sister and the woman's boyfriend is speaking out about what happened and how much his sister meant to him.

Elizabeth Adams, 19, and James Tews, 20, were shot and killed in an Irving apartment complex Wednesday night.

Elizabeth's family says the two had been friends for years and had only recently started dating. Her estranged boyfriend and the father of her two children, Christopher Rubio, is charged with their murders.

With his mom by his side, Timothy Adams spoke to FOX 4 about how close he was with his sister, Elizabeth.

“We looked out for each other,” the 14-year-old said. “She was always there for me when I was upset and she always brightened my day.”

Timothy was one of the last people to see Elizabeth alive. He says he was in his bedroom when Rubio burst into the apartment in a raging fit.

“He came barging in my door, holding the shotgun to his side, aiming it at me,” Timothy recalled. “He's like, ‘Tim, where's Liz?’ I was just so scared out of my life.”

Timothy says Rubio tracked down Elizabeth and James Tews in the bathroom.

“All of a sudden, right when he shot the door, I heard James on the floor, barely breathing,” the 14-year-old said.

As Timothy was running down the stairs, he heard another gunshot.

“My heart was just racing so fast, I could barely breathe,” he said. “When I ran, I was thinking to myself, ‘Oh my gosh, he's about to turn around and I'm going to get hit by a bullet.’”

Police say Christopher Rubio and Elizabeth had no history of domestic violence calls. Family members say they've never seen Rubio like that before and are still at a loss as to why he would do this.

Timothy says he wishes he could’ve done more.

“I wish I could just tell her that I miss her and that I wish I could've just done something to save her life,” he said.

Friends of James Tews also held a vigil on Friday in his memory outside his old high school in Irving. Elizabeth's family has started a GoFundMe to help raise money for funeral costs.

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