|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 2002|
|Death: ||Feb. 23, 2014|
Stanton Heights (Allegheny County)
"She was just my gift from God"
- Carla Harris (Mother)
One day a sweet and loving 12 year old girl and a 14 year old boy went on their First Date to the Movies together. They had no idea their night would end in tragedy.
Shamera Harris of East Liberty (Pittsburgh) was coming back from her First Date at the Waterworks Mall around 8pm when she was killed in a Car Accident.
Shamera and her date were picked up from their date by Shamera's parents in her Father's SUV. The kids got in the black Ford Explorer with the intention of droping off her date at his home on Schenley Manor Drive in Stanton Heights. When they arrived house Shamera's Father asked the kids to get out of the car so he could take a pictures.
It was shortly after the children exited the vehicle that the parents followed. It was then that the vehicle began to roll away dragging Shamera some 50 feet and eventually running her over causing her death. The auto stopped by striking a tree.
Her Father, Richard Benton, refused a breathalyzer on-the-scene and was thus taken into custody and charged with DUI. Police say that Benton smelled of alcohol and slurred his words. He is not yet being charged with Shamera's death.
The Allegheny County medical examiner's office found during an autopsy that Shamera died of blunt force trauma and ruled her death an accident.
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* Carla Harris (of Highland Park)
* Richard Benton
- Sixth Grader at Pittsburgh Obama 6-12 School
- Pittsburgh Dilworth PreK-5 (Honor Roll)
Dream Occupation (Job):
* Sasha Green
- Swimming (Swim Team Member)
- Facebook (shamera.harris.9)
- Hanging Out w/Friends
- Church Activities
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- 25 Feb 2014 Candlelight Vigil / Balloon Ceremony (Open to the Public) for Family & Friends took place at the place of Shamera's Death in Stanton Heights. Pink & White Balloons were released. A large crowd (dozens of people totaling more than 50) turned out, and many of Shamera's loved ones took turns speaking about their memories of her.
Please come out and support the family of Shamera Harris and help with funeral expenses.
- 01 March 2014
- Galaxy Lounge
- 7246 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
- 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The kitchen will be open.
Also, half the proceeds made at the bar will also be donated to the family. There will also be raffles and a donation box.
Hope everyone can come out and support this family at this very tragic time.
- There will also be a donation box in LA Groceries at 511 Larimer Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Arrangements by George A Warden Funeral Home, Inc.
4pm to 8pm
03 March 2014
Mount Ararat Baptist Church
271 Paulson Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
- Shamera was a member of Mount Ararat Baptist Church and often participated in after-school church programs here.
04 March 2014
321 Kittanning Pike
Pittsburgh (O'Hara Township), PA 15215
- Shamera will join her Uncles in her eternal resting place.
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Please take a moment to leave Flowers for Shamera's Relative(s):
Shakkeem Gorman Harris
(1989 - 2012)
Victim of Murder
(1960 - 2012)
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The story caught the attention of local (Pittsburgh) news outlets causing Shamera's name and image to become a (local) household name.
Pennsylvania Dad Charged with DUI when Car Hits and Kills Daughter
A 12-year-old girl was killed after being run over by her own father this weekend.
Shamera Harris, of East Liberty, had just gone on her very first date earlier in the evening. She went to the movies with a young man who lived in Stanton Heights. Her parents were dropping the boy off when the accident happened, reports CBS Pittsburgh.
According to police, Shamera had gotten out of the SUV to take some pictures with her date. Her father was getting out of the SUV to take the photos when the SUV began to drift backward.
Shamera was hit and dragged 50-60 feet down a hill before being run over. The SUV came to a stop when it hit a tree on the other side of the street.
Harris' mother and brother were in the SUV at the time, but were unable to stop it.
Her mother attempted CPR, but was unable to revive her.
Police say the girl's father, 53-year-old Richard Benton, was visibly intoxicated.
He refused a breathalyzer at the scene.
Benton was taken into custody and charged with DUI.
Police are now investigating whether the brakes on his SUV may have given out.
Shamera Harris was a 6th grader at Pittsburgh Obama Academy.
The school is closed today because of a power outage, but will have student assistance program providers available to students when they return to class tomorrow.
Pittsburgh Public Schools released a statement saying:
"New to the school this year, Shamera's teachers describe her as a quiet, pleasant young lady, who always followed the rules in every one of her classrooms."
The grandmother of the young man who had gone on a date with Harris last night tells KDKA he is very upset about the crash, but chose to attend school today.
Sharpsburg (Allegheny County)
Plot: Section 12, Range 2, Row 58, Grave 9
Created by: Diane Jane (Murphy) Harr...
Record added: Feb 24, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 125587232