A family in Miami, Florida is grieving over an awful loss after a home invasion turned fatal.
Just before midnight on Wednesday, 36-year-old Maurice Harris (pictured) was shot during a struggle with two armed intruders. Two assailants broke into his home demanding money and valuables. Harris was in the home with his wife Shekila and his 11-year-old daughter. When the suspects attempted to go in the room of Harris’ daughter, he physically attacked one of the intruders.
As Harris wrestled with one of the suspects, (who had a gun) he was shot. The suspects then fled the home after Harris was hit. He was rushed to a local hospital but eventually succumbed to his wound. Shekila Stewart, Harris’ wife of 16 years spoke with local news station CBS4 about the murder of her husband. Tearful and deeply saddened, Stewart said:
“He was my husband of 16 years. He loved me and the kids. He meant everything to me. I never thought he was going to die. If anyone knows something, please come forward. He didn’t deserve this. It would meant so much to me and my kids if they find whoever did this.” (CBS4, Miami)
Sgt. Confessor Gonzalez of the Miami Police Department told CBS4 that there was no sign of forced entry into Harris and his wife’s home. Gonzalez said:
“It’s a shame. This is a senseless death. He was clearly targeted. The motive was clear. This was a robbery in the sanctity of their home. They were specifically looking for cash. They knew there was cash in the house. And they were willing to kill for cash. This was a man who legitimately was trying to protect his daughter.” (CBS4, Miami)
Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Miami-Dade Police or the Crimestoppers hot line at 305-471-8477.