Marion Eugene Harris, Sr.
Marion Eugene Harris, Sr.
Courtside Bar & Grill
1014 E. 14th St.
Des Moines, IA
October 9, 2011
Marion Harris, 32, was sitting at the Courtside Bar & Grill in Des Moines on October 9, 2011, when someone approached him and shot him where he sat. According to Des Moines Police, Harris was sitting at the 1014 E. 14th Street business at about 1 a.m. when an unidentified person approached him and fired a shot. Harris later died at Mercy Medical Center.
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Des Moines in Polk County
Police said the fatal shooting appears to be part of a feud that has been going on for about a year, and that Harris is the first to be killed in the feud.
Detectives have identified three other shootings involving injuries that may be connected. They did not say which of the shootings in the city over the last year are believed to be part of the feud, but said that with the killing of Harris, it appears to be heating up.
Police have viewed surveillance video taken of the general area at the time of the slaying. Bar owners Ron Williams and his wife, Julie White, said earlier that the shooter walked down the alley next to the bar and fired at Harris, who they said was outside on the patio.
The specific motive for Harris’s slaying remains unknown.
Investigators continue to conduct interviews and seek the shooter, and no arrests have been made in the case.
About Marion Harris
Marion Eugene Harris, Sr., was born September 1, 1979, to Joyce E. (Webster) and John L. “Buddy” Harris, Jr.
Courtesy photo Katie Lou, Findagrave.com
- Marion Harris was buried at the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at Corinthian Baptist Church, with interment following on Monday, October 24, 2011, at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Monday, October 17, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.
In addition to his parents, Harris was survived by his children, siblings, grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
Harris’s family erected a beautiful headstone in his memory, which may be viewed at findagrave.com.
Anyone with information regarding Marion Harris’s unsolved slaying is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at (515) 283-4864 or Polk County Crime Stoppers at (515) 223-1400.
- Des Moines Police Department
- Polk County Crime Stoppers
- Find a Grave Memorial
- “Rally to end violence: ‘This has to end today,’” The Des Moines Register, January 1, 2013
- “Other Unsolved Area Homicides,” The Des Moines Register, April 1, 2012
- “Obituaries: Marion Eugene Harris, Sr.,” The Des Moines Register, October 16, 2011