MISSOURI CITY, Texas—It's a story that's leaving many in Missouri City confused and scared. Last month, former Texas Southern quarterback Jarrett Harper was shot and killed. His brother, Harvey Harper, was shot last weekend. Police have not commented, but many neighbors feel there could be a connection between the shootings.
On Saturday, 39 News spoke with residents in Missouri City to learn what took place and if they've heard of any suspects.
In August, 35-year-old Jarrett Harper's life was taken too soon when somebody shot him in front of his home in the 900 block of Derby Lane. Jarrett had no criminal history. He quarterbacked the Tigers of Texas Southern and graduated with a degree in mathematics, which is why his murder wasn't adding up.
About a month later, Jarrett's brother, Harvey, who's known as H2, was found shot in the 3800 block of Shirevalley Drive and taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
So much has been going on that residents in this community are very concerned. They also don't think it's appropriate to go on camera and speak on behalf of the family at this time.
A Missouri City native that lives close by the Harper family said Harvey was shot after allegedly ripping off 17 kilos of drugs from someone. The man, who didn't want his name released, said "it [the recent shooting] was a message being sent to him [Harvey] that Jarrett was murdered right there in the front yard."
According to published reports, Jarrett's murder may have been a case of mistaken identity. One man, who lives close to where Jarrett's murder took place, said he heard that Harvey "had a run in with some guys over some money or drugs and stuff. And I guess they want to get paid."
Neighbors told 39 News the Harper family has not returned home since Harvey was shot. One resident, who's lived nearby for six years, said "the community has a lot of respect for the Harper's, and we understand that they're in a point of time dealing with grief."
Some in Missouri City heard Harvey died several days ago from gun shot wounds, but others were not sure.
39 News contacted the Missouri City Police Department, Galveston County Medical Examiners Office as well as the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science to confirm those rumors, however, all said official details will not be available until Monday.
Residents said there is no word on any suspects responsible for the shootings.