Family, friends honor life of Knoxville shooting victim

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The family of a Knoxville murder victim says the news that was hard to process for them can be a message to the community.

“My heart is so full right now. I know somebody out there knows who killed my baby and they won’t tell it,”  said Annettee Faulkner, Adrian Harris’ grandmother. 

Investigators say the shooting happened on Selma Avenue near Elmwood Street on January 24 around 1:24 a.m.

Officers found two male victims who were both shot in the torso. Adrian Harris, 33, and James Watts, 27, were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. 

Harris died from his injuries. Days later, his grandmother is reliving that night.

“He was protecting his cousin,” said Faulkner, 

Faulkner says she doesn’t know what happened that night. She describes Harris as someone who protected others and took care of his family and friends.  

She said he has three daughters and a son, also named Adrian.

“These are due to senseless violence. We as a city need to do our part to help bring safety and security to our city. So our family and friends can live, laugh, love and grow old together,” said Mary Harris, Adrian Harris’ stepmother.

Mary Harris was joined by Adrian’s family and friends for the candlelight vigil in his honor. They hope that it would inspire anyone with information on who is responsible for his death to come forward. 

“I really just don’t understand why we have to continue to kill each other,” said Mary Harris. 

Investigators say a small dark-colored sedan is a possible suspect vehicle. 

If you have any information, contact the Knoxville Police Department at 865-215-7212.

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