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Family of murdered teen asks for help paying for his funeral

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POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:26am

Kino Harris was shot and killed three weeks ago. But his family has not been able to bury him, and they need your help before they run out of time.

Harris, 18, died August 28, after a shooting near the Village Green Apartments on Sparta Ave., just around the corner from his house. Police claim a 16-year-old boy Harris did not know shot him after an argument.

"No reason at all. He didn't fight him, all I know, they had an argument and that was it. And for him to just shoot my baby like he did, he didn't deserve it," his mother, Latousha Harris, said.

She struggles to think about how her life changed that day.

"That day, all I know is I was walking down the street, and his friends told me that my son was shot," Latousha recalled, tears forming in her eyes. "And that just took everything out of me. I mean, knowing that he's gone and I'm not going to be able to see him..."

Family and friends describe him as a leader and a father-figure for his younger siblings.

"In my interaction with him, I was able to see that he had attributes that I could, that he would listen," said Randolph Harrell, a neighbor who became a friend and mentor to Kino. "Which was a very essential attribute that a lot of the youth nowadays don't have."

The night before he was killed, Kino said that, "he was going to move to another place, and that he was going to get out on his own," mentioned Joyce Grinner, his step-grandmother. "And I told him, I said, 'look, be sure you know what we're doing and be sure when you, do this, you're at the right place, you have the right friends to help you to have a good life.' And he said, 'Maw maw, you know I'm gonna do that. You know I'm gonna do that.'"

"I'm gonna say he was my protector," Latousha stated. "He was an awesome person." 

But because the Harrises do not have the cash for a funeral.

"The insurance wasn't going to pay for it because he wasn't in it long enough," Latousha said, "so they told me three days before the funeral that they wasn't going to cover it."

Now the family is asking for help giving him the peace he always gave them.

"As traumatizing as this event has been, it's compounding that even more to know that their grandson, of their brother, or their son is three weeks in a funeral home," Harrell added. 

The family is working to set up a fund for Kino's funeral. As soon as that process is complete, we will post that information for anyone who wants to contribute.

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have the family contact The Little Angel's Foundation.. they are on Face Book.. they build coffins.

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