Tragic news for the Montgomery family and fans of the reality show Welcome to Sweetie Pie's. Andre Montgomery, who appeared on the show alongside his grandmother and Sweetie Pie's matriarch Robbie Montgomery, has been shot and killed in St. Louis. The 21-year-old caught gunfire inside his home on Tuesday night and died at the scene after taking a bullet to the head.
“Our hearts are with Miss Robbie, Andre’s Uncle Tim Norman and the rest of the Sweetie Pie’s family,” Sheri Salata, president of OWN, the network that airs Welcome to Sweetie Pie's, said in a written statement.
Fans of the show saw Andre struggle with moving from Texas to St. Louis and deal with his father's death, but ultimately benefit from living close to his grandmother and uncle and even graduate high school on television. “I want Andre to become a successful man,” Robbie Montgomery said during Andre's graduation episode. “And now I think he knows whatever he wants to do, if he puts forth the effort, he can do it.”
Details of the shooting are not yet known, except that a second man was also shot and injured. The Montgomery family could not be reached as of Wednesday morning, undoubtedly because they're still in shock over Andre's untimely death.
Our condolences are with the Montgomery family.
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