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Hockley County man charged with murder of father

Payden Shaine Allen, 19 (Source: Hockley County Sheriff's Office) Payden Shaine Allen, 19 (Source: Hockley County Sheriff's Office)

A 19-year-old man is now in jail on a Hockley County murder warrant, charged with the murder of his father.

47-year-old Brandon Allen was found dead from a gunshot wound in the 6800 block of Nevada Road around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.

Texas Rangers assisted with the investigation.

As the investigation progressed, 19-year-old Payden Shaine Allen was identified as a suspect.

During the early morning hours of June 11, Allen was located by authorities in Lubbock and interviewed by Texas Rangers.

Allen was later taken into custody in Lubbock and charged with murder, based on a warrant that was obtained by Hockley County authorities.

Sheriff Ray Scifres released this statement on Sunday, "We grieve for the family and friends of those involved in this tragedy and offer our continued prayers and support.  Due to the cooperation of the multiple agencies, an arrest was made of the individual believed to be responsible for this tragedy within hours of the incident."

Authorities were initially called to the residence because Brandon Allen was expected at a family gathering in San Antonio and had not made it. The family called authorities for a welfare check.

A neighbor helped them gain entry into the home where they found Brandon dead in the living room.

The autopsy performed Tuesday determined the cause of death to be injuries related to a single gunshot wound.

Hockley County authorities say the investigation is still ongoing.

Payden's mother, Brandie Allen, released this statement on Wednesday:

"My prayers are with my son who suffers from multiple autistic tendencies since birth; and my ex-husband's family. This is a tragedy that no family should endure. As facts continue to come out, I hope the public will respect us and our privacy to sort out what transpired. My son is not your 'normal' teenager. I hope people become more aware of disabilities and how important it is to make sure they are addressed and medical attention is available to them. As well as making sure firearms are kept safely away from those that require special needs and attention."

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