HOUSTON – Relatives of a murdered World War II veteran drove three hours from Louisiana to pass out flyers hoping to find leads for police. Exactly one year after the crime, detectives are no closer to identifying a suspect.
One year ago, a neighbor found Harmon’s brother, Percy, bound, gagged and murdered inside his own home. Percy Harmon was a World War II vet battling the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Neighbors said he was kind and loyal. Even in retirement, Harmon wore his Houston public works uniform every day.
This weekend, the family came from Lafayette to walk northeast Houston streets hoping to do something about it.
For Mervin Harmon, 85, there were only tears.
"This was my only brother," Harmon said while sobbing. "It’s difficult to talk about."
"You can’t help but to think about him," said LaFonda Mosley, a neighbor.
Even with Crime Stoppers offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, police do not have any leads on Harmon’s killer. That is why Harmon’s family walked blocks to remind as many people as possible.
Some worried neighbors were glad to see that effort.
"I’m quite sure whoever took [Percy Harmon’s] life is probably somebody from right around here," Mosely said. "It’s scary."
For Harmon’s family, passing out flyers was about more than just getting an arrest. It’s about getting closure.
"We’re just asking if there’s someone here who knows something about this or can give us some information," Mervin Harmon said.
"I know when people do things, they brag about it," said Janice Simmons, Percy Harmon’s niece. "I know they’ve told somebody. They’ve said something to somebody. There’s a reward out there. We want somebody to claim that reward. We want to know who did this and why."
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.