Texas: Son receives life in parents’ murders

By Carol E. Barnwell
Posted Feb 4, 2016

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] In court on Feb. 2, Isaac Tiharihondi, the oldest son of the Rev. Israel Ahimbisibwe and his wife Dorcus, was sentenced to life without parole after he pleaded guilty to murdering his parents in their Houston apartment on Jan. 27, 2015. Authorities also believe Tiharihondi fatally stabbed his five-year-old brother Israel Jr.

Court documents say Tiharihondi told his family days before the killings that he was about to report for duty with the Marines, although police say the U.S. Marine Corps has no record of him enlisting. His parents had planned to confront their son in the days prior to their murders and were found dead Feb. 2, 2015, after repeated attempts by church members to contact the family went unanswered. Ahimbisibwe had failed to show up for church services on Sunday.

Tiharihondi, who graduated from Memorial High School in 2014, shared the apartment with this parents and little brother, Israel. A third son, Emmanuel, 18, was attending private school in California.

Ahimbisibwe was priest in charge at Redeemer Church, Houston at the time of his death. He had previously served as assistant rector at Holy Spirit, Houston.