MISSOURI CITY, Texas—Jarrett Harper's lifeless body was discovered on Wednesday by a family member at his residence in Missouri City, Texas. Police are tracking leads to find out who killed Harper outside his home on Derby Lane in Missouri City, which is in Fort Bend County.
39 News spoke with Harper's family to learn more about the tragedy.
The Harper family described Jarrett as a popular and outgoing person. That's exactly why Jarrett's family is trying to figure out who would do something like this.
Jarrett Harper graduated from Willowridge High School in 1993 where he played football and baseball. He went onto quarterback the Texas Southern Tigers and graduated with a degree in mathematics.
"And we coached together for a few years at Texas Southern University," said Jarrett's father, J.W. Harper. "And it was the greatest experience."
Jarrett's father was close to his son. J.W. said he found out what happened after attending a church service on Wednesday.
"By the time I got into the parking lot I checked my phone, and I found out that my son had been shot and killed," said J.W. Harper.
The family told 39 News that Jarrett was getting off work at 24-Hour Fitness before he was killed.
"Someone was parked outside and, you know, attacked him," said J.W. Harper. "[They] killed him here in the yard."
"They found that he had been shot multiple times," Capt. John Bailey, with the Missouri City Police Department, said.
According to Jarrett's father, Jarrett's 33-year-old brother was awoken by the gun shots. When he came outside the family home, he saw Jarrett lying on the front yard around 7 p.m.
"Apparently there was some sort of confrontation between our victim and the two suspects in this case. Our victim did leave the restaurant. We believe he was followed to his home by these suspects," said Capt. Bailey.
Investigators said those two suspects drove away before police arrived.
"Our first one is described as being approximately 6-foot-1, 160 pounds; fairly thin in his 20s," Capt. Bailey said. "Our second one is being described as 5-foot-10 to 6 foot tall, about 150 pounds."
"Brave people die once, but a coward that they are - they going to die many times before they finally die," said J.W. Harper about the suspects, who are still at large.
At only 35, Jarrett Harper had his life taken away too soon. He wasn't married and doesn't have any children.
"You go through angry to [where] you want to get even. You go through sorrow, and then you pray for forgiveness," said J.W. Harper.
If anyone has any information, please contact the Missouri City Police Department at (281) 403-5868. You can remain anonymous.