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Teen found dead in SUV; Gary’s first 2014 homicide

Lake County deputy coroners crime scene investigators process evidence scene Gary's first homicide year Monday Brunswick. | Post-Tribune

Lake County deputy coroners and crime scene investigators process evidence at the scene of Gary's first homicide of the year Monday in Brunswick. | Post-Tribune

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Updated: February 11, 2014 10:43AM



GARY — A passerby called police late Monday morning after noticing a green Ford Explorer stopped in the middle of 8th Avenue just west of Matthews Street.

Patrolman George Dickerson arrived about 11:55 a.m. and found Tyrece Harris, 18, of Gary, dead behind the wheel of his green SUV. He had been shot at least once, police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ford was stopped facing west on the snow-covered road. While houses line the street north of 8th Avenue, to the south is a wooded area that stretches along train tracks.

Harris is the city’s first homicide for 2014. By the end of 2013, Gary recorded 55 violent deaths, a marked increase over the prior year.

The windows on the SUV were intact, and crime scene investigators examined the truck for fingerprints and other evidence before it was towed to the crime lab in Crown Point.

Harris lived in the 700 block of King Street, less than a mile from the spot where he was killed.

Several residents in the Brunswick neighborhood recognized the truck and knew the owner. As they watched police work the scene, two men tried to remember the last time they saw Harris.

The second shooting of the year occurred Sunday morning in the 2400 block of Madison Street. A suspect is in custody. Police shot a suspected drug dealer during a raid last week. The suspect, however, was released after 48 hours because he was not charged with any crime.

On Monday, police throughout the Public Safety Facility and at the scene of the homicide complained that Chief Wade Ingram, in a comment to other media, gave credit to the brutal cold for the decline in criminal activity in January. While veteran officers know that their jobs get slower in Arctic temps and busier during hot, summer nights, most police said the remark was demoralizing.

The homicide investigation is being led by Detective Alex Jones. Anyone with information can call him at 881-7477.



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