Unsolved: Mother and Son Murdered Two Decades Apart in Miami-Dade County

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Tragedy struck the Harris family when DaMarco Harris lost his mother to a killer at just three years old. The unresolved murder of his mother, Carmen Elena Harris, who was stabbed to death in Miami Gardens in 2003, left a grieving family seeking justice once again as DaMarco became a victim as well. The double homicide occurred in Miami-Dade County, where both mother and son were pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

The heartbreaking story of the Harris family has touched many, prompting Janiah Elliott to set up a fundraiser to support the family during this difficult time. In a touching tribute, Elliott highlighted Carmen Harris’s recent graduation from Florida State University with a degree in Criminal Justice, only to tragically lose her life shortly afterward. DaMarco’s upbringing was now left in the hands of his devastated grandmother and aunts.

Nakai Kelly, Harris’s aunt, shared how she had taken on a maternal role in raising DaMarco after his mother’s murder. Carmen Harris had called 911 to report a break-in before she was found dead, leaving her young son playing in the front yard. Fast forward over two decades later, DaMarco Harris was fatally shot while working as a ride-share driver in Miami’s Midtown neighborhood, continuing the cycle of tragedy that had gripped the family for years.

As the family mourns the loss of yet another loved one, Kelly tearfully expressed that DaMarco was taken away too soon. Now, the family is pleading for assistance from the public to help solve both murders and find closure. According to Elliott, DaMarco Harris’s death may have been motivated by his car, and the family is in need of support for funeral expenses.

The Miami Gardens Police Department revealed that Carmen Harris’s murder back in 2003 had taken place in what was then unincorporated Miami-Dade County, now known as the city of Miami Gardens. Detectives are urging anyone with information about these cases to contact Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477. The Harris family continues to seek answers and justice as they navigate through this unimaginable tragedy, hoping that the community’s support will bring about closure in their time of grief.