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Former Valley Student Is Killed In Texas

Jonathan Foster

By Jack Gurner
Reporter

HOUSTON, Texas – A 12-year-old boy whose Christmas Eve abduction and murder has drawn national attention once attended school in Water Valley.

Jonathan Foster was a first through sixth grade student at Davidson Elementary School, starting around six years ago, according to school officials. His burned body was spotted by a passing motorist in a ditch in Houston on Dec. 28.

A 44-year-old woman, Mona Yvette Nelson, is charged with capital murder and is being held without bond. Investigators have said they believe Nelson, who was a maintenance worker with welding expertise, took the boy to her home, killed him and burned his body.

Prosecutors are confident the woman acted alone and say physical evidence recovered at her home links her to the crime. A video surveillance camera captured a truck allegedly driven by Nelson dumping Jonathan’s body next to a metal works plant.

Several local people who were acquainted with Jonathan described him as a loving and affectionate child. His uncle, Glenn Scrimsher, 33, told a Houston TV station that he was “just so sweet and submissive, always looking for a hug.”

Scrimsher, who lived in Water Valley before apparently moving to Missouri, raised Jonathan from the time he was 6 until a little over a year ago, when his grandmother, Mary Gifford, sent for him in Channelview, Tex.

Scrimsher reluctantly let him go. In November Jonathan made a birthday wish to live with his mother, Angela Renee Davis.

Davis enrolled Jonathan at Durham Elementary School, where the principal said he was bright and sweet and quickly befriended a boy who didn’t have any friends.

On Dec. 14, just weeks after moving in with his mother, his stepfather, David Davis, slapped him across the face, Angela Davis told a Houston newspaper. She said she immediately packed up Jonathan and moved into a cottage next to the apartment complex where her friend Sharon Ennamorato lived.

Ennamorato was also friends with Nelson, the alleged killer. Nelson made frequent visits to the Ennamorato home.

Houston Police said the investigation has been complicated because family members changed their stories and gave conflicting statements on the day of the child’s disappearance.

Jonathan’s funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon with burial at South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Tex.

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Jonathan Paul Foster, age 12, of Houston passed away Friday, December 24, 2010 in Houston. He was born on November 9th 1998 to his mother, Angela Davis and his Father, Richard Foster in Coriscana, TX.

He was preceeded in death by his great grandparents, Paul and Lorene Blaylock, Della May and Henry L. Hurst, and Homer O’Fallin Jr.

Jonathan is survived by his mother, Angela Renee Davis; father, Richard Holden Foster; sister, Destiny M. Foster; grandparents, Mary “Grannie” L. Gifford, Homer “Pappy” L. O’Fallin III, Mary “Granny Mary” O’Fallin, James “Papaw” H. Hurst, Kay Hurst, and Sandra Foster; uncles, Glenn Paul Scrimsher, Scott Foster, and Mike Foster; aunts, Renee Meyers and Della Lorene Hurst; and cousins, Ricky Meyers, Isaiah Meyers, Elijah Meyers, Spencer Scrimsher, and Scott Harleigh Scrimsher.  

Jonathan’s life was ended as a child of Houston. He was a sweet, fun loving child who enjoyed helping others at any and every opportunity.  He loved playing video games and playing basketball.  He also enjoyed the outdoors immensely; whether it was hunting or catching his first fish with his Uncle Glenn, fishing in Galveston with his Mother, riding his bike down any path, or swimming in any place that was big enough to do so.  He enjoyed the outdoors so much that he wanted to be a marine biologist when he grew up.  Even though he will not have that opportunity, we will all be forever blessed that this amazing child visited our lives, even if it was for just an all too brief moment.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Ricky Meyers, Isaiah Meyers, Elijah Meyers, Harleigh Scrimsher, Spencer Scrimsher, Luke Nicholas, Jordan Nicholas, Logan Elliott, Timothy O’Fallin, Jonathan O’Fallin.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at the fellowship hall at Garden Oaks Baptist Church, 3206 N Shepherd from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Tuesday, January 4, 2010. The memorial service will be held at Garden Oaks Baptist Church at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, January 4, 2010. A police escorted procession to South Park Cemetery in Pearland will follow the service. 

Jonathan will always be loved and missed by his family and all of those whose hearts and lives he touched.

Donations can be given to the Jonathan Paul Foster memorial fund at Amegy bank, or to Equusearch (http://texasequusearch.org).

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