Family of Corey Harris

Shannae Lucas (left), the mother of Corey Harris's child holds her daughter, Courtney Harris, on Saturday with sister Shantrice and Corey Harris’ aunt Marquisha Williams. Another aunt of Corey Harris, Lietka Williams, said witnesses told her Corey did not know the person chasing him was a police officer and that her nephew was unarmed when the officer shot him. They described Harris, who has an 8-month-old daughter, as a dedicated student, a new father and a promising basketball player. "He was running scared, because he heard shots," she said. "He didn't know it was a police officer behind him." Corey was a strong student at Dyett High School and passionate basketball player who often had college scouts attend his games, according to his mother. Harris, of the 7000 block of South Yale Avenue, enjoyed carpentry and sometimes joined one of his basketball coaches on weekends, rehabbing buildings, she said. "I question what happened because this was not in Corey's character," said an aunt, Marquisha Williams. "He was not one of these kids who was normally involved with this kind of stuff."
Tribune photo by Lane Christiansen
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