Aspiring model shot in head inside Texas apartment

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Family desperate for answers after young woman's murder

An aspiring model was discovered dead inside her Houston apartment Friday night, and authorities say her life ended violently.

Danielle Chaney, 20, recently graduated Hastings High School and attended some classes at Texas Southern University, according to family members.

Police told Eyewitness News her boyfriend discovered her with a gunshot wound to her head around 5 p.m. The discovery took place inside apartment No. 1809 at a complex at 8000 West Tidwell Road.

Chaney later passed away at the hospital.

Her mother Betty Harris said she needs to know what happened to her daughter.

"I've cried so much in the last couple of days," she said. "I mean, I've never cried this much in my life. I've never felt this kind of hurt ever. I can't even explain how this pain hurts so bad. This is my baby. She was so full of life. Everybody loved her. She was just so full of life with so much love in her. She wanted to be everything. She loved fashion. She loved makeup. She was very artistic."

Harris said her daughter was both beautiful on the inside and out. She is pleading for information in the case.

"If you could think back to that moment during the day when it took place, please come forward and just say something," she said. "We have no closure unless we know what happened. I'm not here to judge anybody. I'm not here to judge anybody. All I'm saying is that my baby is dead. We deserve to have that closure. Just do the right thing. That's all we ask. Just do the right thing."

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477. They said they're currently waiting autopsy results.

Eyewitness News visited the apartment Monday afternoon. Our crew witnessed a window shattered by what appeared to be gunfire. We also discovered another window left open.

Neighbors said they didn't hear any shots. They later heard about the shooting because of the police activity.

Chaney's family said they are planning her burial in her home state of New Jersey.

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