Friends Question Whether Shawna Huebner Really Killed Herself While in Police Custody

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Police: Shawna Huebner strangled herself with a phone cord.
When Shawna Huebner got drunk, which happened frequently, she could get confrontational, violent and obstinate -- but depressed? Suicidal? Her friends say they'd seen her in the throes of inebriation countless times, but never once had the 29-year-old been sad. That's why they're convinced the Houston police are lying when they say Huebner killed herself Wednesday afternoon with a phone cord while in police custody for public intoxication.

"We believe the police did something," Carmen Corpus, who grew up with Huebner, told Hair Balls. "And until we're shown something different, we're blaming them. When she drinks she gets a little crazy. Things maybe went too far, and we're thinking the police didn't want to tolerate it."

On the Facebook group Rest In Peace Shawna Huebner!, other friends were also dubious. "Just bcuz HPD got badges dat dont mean shit. They ain't shit," Stefo Lizbeth Guzman wrote, adding in another post: "She didn't do it herself. I just know it."

Police say they arrested Huebner, who was apparently drunk, at 2:40 Wednesday afternoon at Hobby Airport while she was boarding a flight -- to Midland, friends say. Police took her to the police substation on Mykawa Road, where they say she wrapped the payphone cord around her neck and asphyxiated herself. Police discovered her at 6 p.m.

Certain things involving that explanation don't make sense, Corpus said. Huebner's mother went to pick her up earlier in the day, but was turned away and told to come back later. Only after she got back did she learn what had happened to her daughter, Corpus said, questioning why the police had blocked access to Huebner.

The explanation they got wasn't satisfying. "She's young, beautiful. She's been drunk. She's been on drugs before. She wouldn't just do that," she said.

Corpus said Huebner "loved" guns, owned several and if she'd been as suicidal as police say, she would have killed herself before Wednesday.

According to court documents, Huebner was convicted of burglarizing a vehicle in July of 2005.

She worked at Dr. Andrew Watkins's optometry office in the Heights for three years until she was fired a few months ago. "We weren't happy with her work," said Adrian Martinez, who manages the office. "She showed up late a few times. There were communications issues with patients. Her performance was -- how do I put this? -- very up and down." Martinez declined to answer whether alcohol had affected her performance.

HPD says an investigation in the incident is ongoing.

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c_corpus3
c_corpus3

HPD did murder shawna as we first suspected. I was never convinced she took her own life away, and now that we know what reaslly happened  i really do hope we can all bring justice and punish those resposible for her death. Please help us get this matter handled to fullest extent of the law.

SoundOff8
SoundOff8

You  CANNOT hang  yourself  with a  metal  wrapped  phone  cord  this  less  than 12"  long. The police  are ,once  again,  covering  up.

lertree
lertree

There is a great deal of false and misleading information in this article. Additionally, it is imperative to remember there is a loss of human life, she has a large family in mourning and a diverse community of friends now lost and confused. As far as co-workers disseminating rumors true or not, it is ridiculously irresponsible to represent your business by spreading gossip: and think of the image you present of yourself. Now would be a good time to practice those ethics your mother never taught you.

Marisol Morris
Marisol Morris

she could no be judged by reading a commentment u had to know her to undersatnd what we mean on our comment Shawna was a great friend so fuck what HPd hsay or what they are trying to make her out to be she was our friend and family and we loved her so dont judge her by a comment

Vinni N Maribel Fuentes
Vinni N Maribel Fuentes

Exactly our point Casey, they DO NOT have phone cords that long. N please for anyone commenting don't be so judgmental. Just because she loved to party does no make her a bad person. She had no kids n was enjoying life to he fullest. This makes no sense. Suicidal?? Hell no!! HPD paints people out to be druggies n drunkies to get away with these types of incidents n it is not fair at all. Only God Can and will judge her s please let my friend Rest in Peace n do not talk out your ass like HPD is doing.

Casey Quillen
Casey Quillen

NO FUCKING WAY anyone could hang themselves with the phone cords in the Mykawa holding cells! Been there, seen them, its fucking IMPOSSIBLE! Plus those are holding cells, your in there with at least 10 other people, no one stoped her, called for help, can verify as a witness that this is how it happened?!? And FUCK YOU to self reighteous assholes who judge her for drinking and doing drugs, lest you be judged yourselves...

Vinni N Maribel Fuentes
Vinni N Maribel Fuentes

This is bs. She was our friend since we were children, she loved to party but was not at all suicidal. Since its no one related to you or anyone you knew

عاليه البيه
عاليه البيه

I dnt know what happened...like many of us...we were not there.I do pray we have not lost another innocent life at the hands of those hired to "serve and protect".but honestly, how drunk and suicidal could she possibly have been if they allowed her pass security at the airport????

trae_tech
trae_tech

I dont know if she did it or not but i hope the only people to come to my defense dont simply write on a facebook post with spelling like that. Youre defending your friend not writing gang graffiti lil cholo. "Bcuz dat"?

Alethea Drexler
Alethea Drexler

Sounds like it could have been accidental, too. And why are people so anxious to believe a habitual drunk and drug user over the police? It's not as though she was any less out of control than they might be.

Joseph Peterson
Joseph Peterson

People need to stop living in denial and quit blaming the police. She was out of control. This is a stupid article that is only going to feud stupidity.

Cesar Olivares
Cesar Olivares

Yes when someone is trying to break in to your house don't call HPD they are full of corrupt officers. Instead call for a news conference and a candle light vigil.

Angel Kirk
Angel Kirk

Ok, a person that get pissy drunk on a regular basis and occassionally use drug is not a sign of depression i dont' know what is.

Jesse Lozano
Jesse Lozano

No doubt they're trying to cover something up. The correlation between total inebriation and suicide is slim at best. If she really was out of control drunk there's no way she would've been able to fully strangle herself with a phone cord. This is just another cover story for a department full of corruption.

Craigley
Craigley

The family should sue Adrian Martinez and the HP.  

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