By Andrea Lucia

DESOTO (CBSDFW.COM) – A rap artist with a single on the radio, Adrian Jessie – better known as ‘Scoobie Doo’ – was well-known and well-liked.

“He tried to be hard, but he had a very passionate side,” said his mother, Vickie Hicks.

After an early morning spent shopping Black Friday sales, the 22-year-old fell asleep at the home of his girlfriend, Amesha Malone.

His mother says he woke up to the sounds of her family screaming.

“Can’t say if he was at the right place at the right time, or the right place at the wrong time, but he helped save their lives,” she said.

Jessie reportedly confronted a gunman in the kitchen and tried to grab his weapon, while yelling for everyone else to get out. 
Most of the family, including several small children, escaped safely.

“If it wasn’t for him trying to take the gun away from the young man, they wouldn’t have made it out,” said Hicks.

Police say the suspect shot and killed Jessie. The shooter also murdered one of the family’s daughters, Autumn Carey, and her step-father, Gerald Malone.

Friends say Carey had recently broken off a relationship with the suspect, Almonzo Henderson.

The two had lived together and had at least one child, according to those familiar with them.

Chatting with a childhood friend on Facebook 12 days ago, Carey reportedly confessed Henderson could be violent and had threatened to commit suicide if she left him.

“I’m not wrried(sic) about him hurting hisself(sic) but worried that he might hurt me,” she wrote to Paul Carroll, according to a transcript of the conversation he provided to CBS11.  “… just in case I thought(sic) my daughter how to call 911.”

Police say Henderson had argued with Carey over the phone after the break-up and drove down to DeSoto from Oklahoma, where he was spending Thanksgiving with a family member.

Investigators say he kicked down the door of her family’s home and shot whoever got in his way.

Jessie’s family says they were unaware of Carey’s relationship problems and are struggling with their loss.

“I never thought I would outlive my kid,” said Hicks. Protecting loved ones, though, was in his nature, she says.

“(I’m) proud of him, very proud of him,” she says.