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07/21/06 - Nacogdoches

Homicide Investigation Underway

by Donna McCollum

"We're actively investigating this as a homicide at this time," said Sgt. Greg Sowell with the Nacogdoches Police Department. What happened is a passerby found a stabbing victim. Now a murder investigation is underway in Nacogdoches. At three o'clock Thursday morning Harold Harris, 61, was found at the intersection of Laceyville Road and Loop 224 in Nacogdoches.  

Now investigators are trying to find out what happened.   Detectives say they have leads, but at this point they are not releasing very much information. Sgt Sowell described why detectives were walking the roadway shoulders. "They're out here right now trying to find anything that will tie back to what happened to this man. Of course, it's better to walk it in daylight than to walk it in three in the morning."   Authorities are now asking for anyone who may have seen Harris near Laceyville Road between 1:30 and three o'clock Thursday morning to call Crimestoppers (560-INFO).

Friends and relatives of Harris say they knew he lived a risky lifestyle. They believe that contributed to his murder. Harris lived on Sharon Street, less than a mile from where his body was found. Retired school teachers live there along with Harris' 100 year old aunt. He was her caretaker. Neighbors and relatives say people were in and out of the home at all times, even at night. A cousin, Keisha Reggie said, "The lifestyle that he was living with the drugs and alcohol and the company he was keeping was just a danger and just, it was a matter of time before we knew something was going to happen, rather it be prison or death." Harris' next door neighbor Will Randle said, "When you are in the world like he was sometimes things like that happen cause he was just a free spirit. He knew quite a few people of all backgrounds."  

Randle said his neighbor had recently asked him for a ride to Mississippi to attend a sister in law's funeral. He said Harris told him at ten Wednesday night that he was going to get some cigarettes. He says it was the last time he saw his next door neighbor.  

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