Florida man dies protecting daughter during home robbery

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Miami, FL, United States (4E) – A 36-year-old father was fatally shot by armed intruders during a home invasion Tuesday night in Miami, Florida and police are now investigating.

According to authorities, Maurice Harris died during a struggle with the suspects who broke into their home along 43rd Street and Northwest 16th Avenue.

Police said the two armed men demanded money from Harris and his wife, Shakila Stewart, and when Harris replied they had no money, the men held Stewart at gunpoint and headed to their 11-year-old daughter’s bedroom. During Harris’ attempt to keep the men away from the room, the men started shooting, before escaping the scene.

Harris was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said Wednesday, “These men are beasts, Harris was just trying to protect his daughter.”

Harris and Stewart had been married for 16 years and have a 15-year-old son who was not home at the time of the incident.

Officials, who described the suspects as two black males, are urging anyone with information on the incident to notify authorities.

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