Family: Teen killed by officer was 'great person'

September 12, 2009 9:19:10 PM PDT
Grieving relatives of a South Side Chicago teen killed by an off-duty police officer say the victim was a good, soft-spoken young man.Family members describe 17-year-old Corey Harris as a good student and excellent basketball player who hoped to play professionally.

Friday, an off-duty officer said he chased Harris after he saw someone get shot near 69th Street and King Drive. The officer said he shot when the fleeing suspect pointed a gun at him.

Relatives insist Harris did not own a gun.

"If you hear shots, there's a lot going on right now, naturally you would run. Real great person, you know, always uplifting," said David Harris, uncle.

"He was not a person of the streets. He wanted to get his education. He loved playing sports, and he was just such a giving person," grandmother Elizabeth Harris said.

The other person who was shot was hospitalized Saturday with a leg wound.

Harris was the father of an 8-month-old daughter, Courtney.


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