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Prom shooting: A father-of-six was killed at his daughter’s graduation party over an argument with her ex-boyfriend, family say

Houston, Texas (KTRK) – A heartbroken family wants justice after a father of six was shot dead last week.

Police and family have now identified the victim as 35-year-old Adam Tobias.

Law enforcement confirmed last week that Philip Arning has been arrested and charged in connection with Tobias’ murder.

Since then, Arning has been out of jail after being accused of shooting and killing a father celebrating his daughter’s graduation party. He is scheduled to appear before a judge at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

The victim’s daughter, Destiny Tobias, said, “My favorite person. He was my favorite person.”

Destiny Tobias was celebrating her high school graduation Thursday at a home in Santa Cecilia. Her father, Adam Tobias, smiled proudly, knowing that she had accomplished something he was never able to. A day of happiness turned into the worst day of her young life.

“She held her father’s dead body in her arms, and I’m sure she wouldn’t get that out of her head,” said Naftali Perez, the victim’s wife. Perez is Destiny’s stepmother and Adam Tobias’ wife of 16 years.

“I will not be able to see my best friend, my only friend. I will not hear his voice. I will not receive his kisses,” Perez said.

She has five children with Adam, all young boys who now have to grow up without their father.

“He was always there for his children,” Perez said. “No matter what.”

A father of six was celebrating his daughter’s graduation at his family home. His wife and children left for the night, but he stayed there, longing to spend more time with his little daughter on her big day.

Destiny Tobias said, “(He said) I want to enjoy every moment with you. You deserve this party, and I’m so proud of you.”

Destiny’s mother’s estranged partner, Philip Arning, was also in the house at the time.

“He shouldn’t have been in the house. He wasn’t supposed to be in my house,” Destiny Tobias said, “and now he’s walking free, and my dad’s gone forever. And he’s walking around like nothing ever happened.”

An argument occurred over his desire to be with his daughter longer, the victim’s family said, when he accused Arning of coming out from behind a door and shooting him outside the house.

“He shot him in cold blood,” Perez said. “Because he didn’t see him coming.” This traumatized family hopes for justice as they try to wrap their heads around their new reality.

Perez said of Arning, “I hope it eats you alive what you’ve done, what you’ve taken from us. From our family.”

She said they are struggling and are now trying to figure out how they are going to put Adam Tobias to rest because they don’t have money for funeral expenses. a GoFundMe To help the victim’s family cover the costs.

The benefit will be held on Saturday, June 3 at 10 am in McCarty Houston, TX 77029 until the food sale.

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