Mother still cries for justice in the 9-year-old cold case killing of her son

Wess Haubrich

A mysterious phone call may be the key to understanding the case.
Duwaan Harris with his childrenFacebook

Duwann Harris was a doting father over his 2-year-old daughter. He was a good man, known for his big-hearted nature in the Dayton, Ohio area where he came from.

That is but one reason his shooting death was so horrible, gut wrenching, and utterly incomprehensible to his friends and family.

As his friend Ashley Odom said, “We’re all confused. We’re all hurt. We’re all angry. We’re all sad right now. It’s nine years later and we still don’t know why this even happened.”

Harris is believed to have been shot once in the head in the very early hours of March 10, 2012, in an apartment at Dayton’s corner of Kensignton Drive and Prescott Avenue.

The Call

Not long after the 22-year-old vanished, his mother Lawanda picked up the phone in her residence.

“Hello?” she said between sounds of crying. She didn’t want to lie to herself regarding the most probable guess at what may have happened to her son. She didn’t want to lie to herself.

She was being torn asunder. She couldn’t lie to herself. But she had to be her son’s advocate, whether he was living or dead.

She was not waiting on an answer from the other end of the phone’s line. All she heard was what could be called exasperated breathing…

A deep male voice said, “he’s on Kensignton.”

And that was it. The strange caller just hung up after his three-word quasi-admission of, if not straight guilt, at least being party to the crime.

An end?

Of course, this is only a fresh, starting point for the investigators to plumb the depths of cold case homicidal drives and crimes.

Stay here for more on this as e hear it.

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