Family remembers 18-year-old Zoraun Harris

He was one of two people killed during a shooting in Southeast D.C. on Saturday.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - He didn’t want to be away from his one-year-old, that’s why his cousin, sister and aunt said 18-year-old Zoraun Harris stayed in Southeast. On Sunday, those family members held hands and stood side-by-side.

“It was a classic case of wrong place, wrong time. He don’t even do anything, don’t go nowhere,” said his cousin, Renee Campbell. “And I just need for ya’ll to know that he was accepted into colleges, just a good kid.”

Harris was one of two people killed Saturday night during a shootout that also injured seven other people including an 8-year-old boy. It happened at just before 8:30 p.m. near the 2600 block of Birney Place in Southeast.

Police said there was an event going on when someone opened fire over an argument. Neighbors said the event is called “Dorsey Day,” a community celebration actually created to honor someone who worked to keep young kids out of trouble.

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Harris lived on the other side of Southeast and went to the event with a friend.

His sister said he played football, mentored, graduated with honors and then turned around to work as a school engineer and cleaning supervisor at his high school, National Collegiate Preparatory High School.

A school spokesperson confirmed his employment there. The school released a statement about his death on Saturday, which read, in part:

"National Prep is completely devastated over the loss of one of our most esteemed leaders who did everything right and was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Harris was also attending the University of the District of Columbia, where he was working toward a bachelor's degree, a National Collegiate College Prep spokesperson said.

“He touched so many lives. We’ve got to break the chain. We’ve got to break the cycle.” Campbell said. “Ya’ll out here fighting over turfs and wars of stuff ya’ll, don’t nobody even own this property. You know, ya’ll got to come together.”

The second person killed was 31-year-old Scorpio-Rodney Alonzo Phillips, of Southeast. Police said both Phillips and Harris were pronounced dead at the scene.

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No suspect description has been given. Police have not announced any arrests. WUSA9 is also looking into claims made of this being the first “Dorsey Day” event in a few years without police.

Witnesses said there is normally a few live go-go bands and items given away to the community.

According to the police report, officers said the large crowd on scene complicated MPD and DCFEMS response.

The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the homicide. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.


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