New Details Emerge in College Station Murder Case

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

An 18-year-old A&M Consolidated Senior is behind bars for capital murder after police say he's confessed to killing a former Texas A&M Oceanography Professor and also stabbing his wife at their home during an alleged burglary.

Neighbors of murder suspect Gabriel Hall have also been shaken by the tragedy.

News 3 learned Saturday suspect Gabriel Hall is the adopted son of local attorney Wes Hall.

A close friend and neighbor told News 3 off camera he was adopted several years ago with three other siblings from the Philippines and that they are taking care of more than 20 kids.

The College Station community is still coming to terms with the death of Texas A&M retired Oceanography Professor Edwin Shaar.

Shaar and his wife, 69-year-old Linda were attacked in their Deacon Drive home Thursday, allegedly at the hands of a teenager.

18-year-old high school student Gabriel Hall was arrested Friday by College Station Police who say he admitted to shooting and stabbing Edwin Shaar and then stabbed his wheelchair-bound wife Linda.

"Yeah it's one of those things it's kind of disconcerting it can happen anywhere. We're kind of shocked of course in the neighborhood that it happened here," said Joe Foster, who lives a few houses down from the Hall's home where dozens of kids live.

"I know that they're doing it out of the goodness of their heart without any question. The Halls I've got friends that know them real well I've got good friends that really believe in those people and I don't have any reason to question that, but 20 is a lot," Foster said.

College Station Police were led to Gabriel Hall after a witness came forward that saw someone matching the murder suspect's description while out jogging.

"He recognized him and he was provided with a yearbook from A&M Consolidated High School and was able to pick him out of that yearbook," said Officer Rhonda Seaton with the College Station Police Department.

"I don't think the Halls did anything wrong you know it's just this kid... He just made a horrible decision," said Joe Foster.

Gabriel Hall's Father Wes is also a founding member of the Central Texas Orphan Mission Alliance, CTOMA.

Gabriel Hall remains in the Brazos County Jail without bond.

The Hall family has not responded to News 3's messages seeking comment.

As of Saturday evening Linda Shaar remains in stable condition in intensive care at the College Station Medical Center.

*Previous Story*
No motive is given in a two page report that describes a horrific crime scene at 1303 Deacon Drive. According to the report by College Station Police, 68-year old Edwin Shaar, Jr. was shot and stabbed in his garage by 18-year old Gabriel Hall. Hall then allegedly walked into the Shaar's home and stabbed 69-year old Linda Shaar, who is wheelchair bound.

When police arrived, they report that Mr. Shaar was already dead and Mrs. Shaar was in the kitchen, covered in blood with an apparent stab wound to the neck. Officers report that she was gasping for air.

Police say Mrs. Shaar described Hall's weapon as being a "foot" long knife. She remains in I.C.U. at a local hospital. Her condition is said to be stable.

Hall remains in the Brazos County Jail. He has been charged with capital murder.

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