Relative of slain Winston-Salem teenager wants justice for his death

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Danny Joe Harris

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A relative of the 17-year-old teen killed in Sunday night’s shooting says her family wants justice for his death, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. 

Officers found the body of Danny Joe Harris inside the home at 2051 Bloomfield Drive shortly after 9:20 p.m., Winston-Salem police said.

Jenisha Shattiera Crawford, 26, was also found with a serious injury. Brittany Shardiney Robinson, 24, sustained a minor injury.

Someone fired several shots at the trio in the house after an argument, police said. No arrests have been made.

Niosha Franklin, Harris’ aunt, said that his death has devastated her family.

“We hope whomever shot him gets caught,” Franklin said. “They don’t know the pain that our family is going through. They don’t have to bury a child like my sister.”

Investigators interviewed people and gathered leads Tuesday in connection with the shooting.

An autopsy showed that Harris died of a gunshot wound, Assistant Police Chief Connie Southern said. Crawford was in serious, but stable condition Tuesday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Southern said.

Robinson was grazed by the gunfire and was treated and released from Wake Forest Baptist, Southern said. Investigators spoke to Robinson about the shooting.

“We do have a few leads that we are trying to run down,” Southern said.

Some leads link people to the argument that occurred before the shooting, Southern said.

“We are trying to interview persons on both sides who were involved in the argument and people who live in the area who might have heard something,” Southern said.

Investigators have recovered shell casings at the scene that indicate a rifle was used in the shooting, Southern said.

Police are looking for the shooter who was wearing a white tank top, black pants and white shoes. After the shooting, the suspect left the scene in a black truck or SUV, Southern said.
Harris had plans to renew his education, Franklin said.

In 2013, Harris was a student at Main Street Academy, an alternative school for middle- and high-school students, a school official has said. He planned to attend Parkland or Mount Tabor high schools when the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools reopened in late August, Franklin said.

Harris wanted to go college and open his own business someday, she said.

“He was a good kid — smart and funny,” Franklin said of her nephew. “For him to be taken away that quick hurts all of us.”

Anyone with information about this shooting can call Crime Stoppers at (336) 727-2800.


  • Chucky

    OK, this article could have used fewer “he said” and “she said”… there are other ways to quote people.

    This story raises some questions about the whole thing:
    1. How do you “renew” education?
    2. What exactly is the purpose for Main Street Academy? Normally when a school is labeled “alternative” it is for students who are having some type of problems.

  • Martinez de Pasqually

    Justice, yes justice indeed ! Myself I want to achieve world peace and harmony ! I know it is a long term goal .but one I believe is obtainable ! One justice at a time !

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