Family wants justice for murdered American hero

September 8, 2012 7:36:50 PM PDT
It's been one year since the murder of an elderly World War II veteran, and still no arrest has been made.

It was over Labor Day weekend last year when Percy Harmon, 85, was found bound and gagged in his northeast Houston home.

"Today is most regrettable that we even had to come here today," Mervin Harmon said Saturday as the family gathered to remember his older brother and continue their search for clues.

The family was back together Saturday in the place where their loved one was brutally murdered a year ago. They drove in from Lafayette, Louisiana to hand out flyers in his northeast Houston neighborhood, hoping someone will come forward with information that will help police solve the murder.

Mervin Harmon said he wants closure for his family.

"This now has been a year, and seemingly to us, something should have been done to find somebody responsible for this," he said. "Somebody in the area knows who did this."

The family tells us the suspect or suspects broke into the back window of the house. It wasn't until days later that Harmon's body was discovered in the living room of the home.

Harmon's niece, Janice Simmons, tells us the house has been broken into three more times since her uncle's death.

"For us it just means somebody is walking around here who was able to do something like this with no conscious," she said. "And when will they do it again?"

Detectives with the Houston Police Department helped the family Saturday as they went door to door.

Officer Paul Vela says they've had only a few leads. He believes getting out in the community could help generate information on the suspect.

"In the past it has helped other cases, and I believe within time people come to their senses and say 'I'm tired of crime. I'm tired of keeping this in. I want to speak to someone,'" Vela said.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $6,000 dollars for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the killer or killers responsible for the death of Percy Harmon. Anyone with information can call 713-222-TIPS. All tipsters remain anonymous.

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