Family still looking for answers nearly two weeks after police shoot and kill 30-year-old

BALTIMORE - Lingering questions, anger and pain.  That's what the family of Eric Harris says they've been going through since the 30-year-old was killed back on Father's Day.

“I’m going to miss him, I really am," said Darlene Harris, Eric’s Aunt.

Crime scene tape is replaced by candles.

"This is the price we have to pay, and it's sad, we shouldn’t have to pay a price like this," Crystal Hill said.

Coming back to the exact spot where Eric Harris was shot by police, family member's call his death senseless.

"My mother got to bury her son at 30 years old,” Eric’s sister Denise Harris said.          

Back on Father's Day, investigators say Officer Dean McFadden pulled up to Harris and another man firing at each other in the middle of the afternoon.  We're told McFadden tried to gain control of the situation and shot Harris several times.  He died at the hospital.

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A few days later investigators told ABC2 News that Harris's gun was a “true to life replica.”  His family says they want answers.

"It was a BB gun, everybody who was on the block said that he had a BB gun," said Darlene.

"It's not right for them to have killed him," Eric’s Aunt Treena Barnett said.

Lingering questions are made harder by the pain of loss.

"My brother was outgoing, he loved his family,” Denise said.  “He's going to be missed."

"Eric was a nice guy, he really was, my nephew was respectful," said Darlene.

"I'm never gonna see him never,” said Eric’s nephew, 4-year-old Maurice Newberry.  “I'm never gonna see him again."

Baltimore City Police say the other man involved in the incident ran away.  We checked in with investigators and they tell us there are no new updates in the case.  At last check Officer McFadden was placed on administrative duty.

A viewing for Harris will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at John Williams Funeral Home at 4517 Park Heights Avenue.  His funeral is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

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