He Placed Her in the Back Seat – Donna L. Harrison

DozierDonna L. Harrison was a Dozier Middle School teacher who was gunned down on March 11, 1993 in the school parking lot by a former Denbigh High football star.  Darryl Quentin Smith was accused of the slaying. In a rampage for which police could offer no motive, a man armed with a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol first shot a woman outside a Denbigh 7-Eleven, stole her car and then drove a half-mile to Dozier Middle School, where he shot 45-year-old Donna L. Harrison to death, police said.

As Harrison lay dying on the pavement, the man lifted her body and placed it in the back seat of her Ford Taurus station wagon, police and witnesses said. The killer then locked the doors and, after calmly straightening his jacket, returned to the stolen car and drove away, said several nearby workers who watched in amazement.

Six hours after the shooting, a Newport News couple spotted the stolen car parked in a wooded area about a mile from the school. They alerted police, the shooter who lived near the school was charged and convicted of murdering Harrison.

To help honor Donna Harrison


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