Randolph Harris Jr. found dead in apartment building
Updated: July 26, 2013 - 06:20 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA) - Police are investigating a man's death as a homicide after firefighters found his body in a burning apartment.
Randolph Scott Harris Jr., 31, was pulled from the apartment in the 1000 block of Euclid Street NW with burns and gunshot wounds just before 6:30 a.m.
“Who would do something like this to my son?” asks Tawanna Thomas.
Harris' friends say he traveled the country setting up 7-Eleven stores.
“It was just so much smoke and the alarms were going off in the apartments,” says Jennifer Galloway, Harris’ aunt. “They tripped over the body coming in.”
“It’s very tragic, but we’re going to find the person that did this and bring them to justice,” says Donald Bowser, his cousin.
“I just don’t understand it, you know, my nephew’s gone,” says Kimberly McDowell.
Police believe someone murdered Harris and then left with some of his possessions, including his silver Mercedes Benz.
Those who had known Harris since elementary school say he was a fun, loving person.
"I can't imagine who would do such a thing," says Sabrina Kenney. "I can't imagine who would do this."
Another neighbor said Harris had agreed to keep her two dogs for her last night. When firefighters entered the apartment Friday morning, they rescued the pair from the smoke.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Harris' Mercedes is asked to call police. The vehicle has Maryland tags 7AL7802.
A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.