Vigil Held For Murder Victim, New Leads In Case


By Catalina Trivino

It's been two years since a man was murdered in Crenshaw County. As the vigil is held, investigators say there are new leads that could lead them to the killer.

Friday marks the second anniversary of when DeLange Harris was murdered -- a memory his family tells me they'll never be able to erase.

May 3rd, 2011 -- it was the day this community said 'goodbye' to 25-year-old murder victim, DeLange Harris. But there were no goodbyes on Thursday, when family, friends and members from his church gathered to remember his life during a vigil held behind his church where he was burried.

Family members say he was the person everyone could depend on -- a man of faith -- he was only 25-years-old.

"DeLange meant so much to me. He was away from home for the past two years before he died and he was just right there! He was everything," Said DeLange's mother, Dora Harris.

It was two years ago when Crenshaw County Sheriff's deputies found his body on Athens Church Road. Investigators say he was shot in the back of the head and left in a ditch on a quiet dirt road.

Since then, deputies have been unable to find who killed him. But the District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's office say new information has come in.

"We've had some new witnesses come into play and interviewing them at this time. ANd just got some new information involving the case," Said Crenshaw County Investigator, Mike Johnson.

"I miss him more everyday that passes by. And I miss him and I know in the years... I don't know how long I'll be here, but i'll miss him all of my life," Said DeLange's father, John Harris.

The family tells us they rely on their faith to get them through each day, but still, they're seeking justice.

"We want a killer off the street, Governor Bentley! We want a killer off the street, D.A. Tesmer! We want a killer off the street local officials!" Said Dora Harris.

DeLange's Birthday was Wednesday. He would have turned 27.

Governor Robert Bentley has issued a $5,000 reward to help crack the case. If you have a tip, call the District Attorney's Office at 334-382-7444.


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