Asheboro family seeking answers after mother’s death Sunday

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ASHEBORO, N.C. -- An Asheboro family wants answers after their mom is found shot to death. Police found 63-year-old Joan Harris dead in her Asheboro apartment on Sunday.

The apartment complex, Asheboro Summit is across the street from the Asheboro Police Department.

Investigators are calling her death suspicious.

"We need to know. I need to know to live the rest of my life. I need to know what happened to my mom," said Zachary Byrd, Harris's son.

Police haven't made any arrests in Harris's death but her two kids believe it may be someone they know.

"It's because of them I no longer have a mother. My two children no longer have a grandmother and my two grandchildren barely ever got to know their great-grandmother because of this person," said Gena Byrd, Harris's daughter.

Gena Byrd talked with her mom just three days before she was killed. Harris wanted to know her grandchildren's sizes because she was going Christmas shopping.

"43 years of spending Christmas with my mom, well 42, this would've been 43 but didn't happen," said Gena Byrd, Harris's daughter.

On Jan. 12, Harris would've turned 64-years-old.

Harris's funeral is Friday.


  • Andrew Hudak

    My condolences to the family. My best friend was murdered in Asheboro last January and the police still don’t have any answers. Maybe you will have better luck. They don’t seem to want to do anything about it. Kind of sad, the DA and his ASSistants are worthless, no help there.

  • sinnerfrank

    There have been at least 5 unsolved homicides in Asheboro you do not here about them on fox8 or any local channels,mainly from the local paper only!!

  • gena

    The sad truth is, APD doesn’t seem to care one way or another what happened in this case. Getting them to return a phone call is like pulling shark’s teeth, & when they do, they have absolutely NO information to tell us. Meanwhile, me & my family just have to sit here & hope that the answers to this case just falls into the laps of these detectives. Otherwise, we will never have any answers, because they DO NOT CARE.

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