Jalisha Raynell-Harris is another victim of a domestic violence incident in Prince George’s County. (Courtesy Photo)
Family and friends gathered March 17 to mourn the death of another domestic violence victim in Prince George’s County. The funeral service for Jalisha Raynell Walls-Harris took place at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland. She was fatally shot March 7 in Cheverly. She was 25 years old.
There have been 7 domestic violence deaths in 2016 in Prince George’s County as of March 22. There were 15 domestic violence deaths in 2015, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department.
Flowers surrounded Harris’ white casket as hundreds of mourners filled the church. She lay with her auburn hair swept gently about her face, wearing two jeweled rings on her fingers, and a designer beige jacket. Three large posters of her were on easels beside the casket, filled with notes from family and friends.
“I thank God for my baby and how many lives she touched. I thank all of you for coming,” LaShawn Harris, mother of Harris told the AFRO at her daughter’s funeral.
“She had a smile that could light up a room. She could take a word and make it into an entire song,” said Elder Deborah Campbell. “Each of us have our own special memory of her. We thank God for her life and legacy of love she shared.”
A vigil was held for Harris on March 12 at Suitland High School, where she graduated in 2011. Harris worked at Buffalo Wild Wings and was saving money for a future in the music industry.
“She was very special to me, she was a friendly, likable person, loving, caring; she was an available giving person,” Debra Lee Latson, told the AFRO. “And I really must say she loved her sister. I was just proud to be her godmother.”
“Jalisha was an active member of our music ministry, she sang on our Youth of Praise Team and our Young Adult Choir. She was active in our church,” Rev. Delman Coates, senior pastor at Mt. Ennon told the AFRO. “She really touched us very profoundly, a true angel.”
According to the funeral program, Jalisha has two brothers and five sisters. She was with another half sister, Tareeka Jones also killed by Kevin Tyrice Reynolds. A preliminary investigation revealed Reynolds,30, and Jones, 26, had been in a romantic relationship.
According to the investigation, Reynolds was released from jail after being incarcerated on domestic violence charges one week earlier. News reports said that Jones paid Reynolds’ bail.
The double homicide stemmed from domestic violence that took place in the 6500 block of Landover Road in Cheverly where Jones lived. Harris lived on Booth Bay Way in Bowie, Maryland. News sources reported that children were at the scene of the shooting. Jones’ funeral was held March 15 at Greater Mt. Zion Church in Prince Frederick, Maryland.