On 20 November 2020, Dallas police arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with a chain of murders across the city. Jeremy Harris, of Red Oak, Ellis County, was taken into custody on 18 November and charged two days later with the murders of four men. He is accused of murdering three men in Dallas, Texas, and another in the city of Celina, around 37 miles North.
“In my opinion based on what we’ve seen so far, I believe that this is the definition of a serial killer” Chief Reuben Ramirez told the Dallas Morning News.
On Halloween night of 2020, 19-year-old Robert Jaden Urrea was shot dead on the streets of Dallas after a night out at the Opera club. It was 3AM and the freshman, who studied at the Southern Methodist University, was walking alone down Harwood while waiting for a ride-share. CCTV recorded a white Ford Taurus with tinted windows and its lights off approach Urrea and call him over to the vehicle. When Urrea gets close to the passenger side door he is shot a single time and falls to the ground. The teenager died that night in what police believed at the time was an opportunistic thrill-kill. They offered $25,000 for any information pertaining to the arrest of Urrea’s killer.
Around two weeks later on 14 November, Adam Gautreau, a 36-year-old father who had fell on hard times and found himself homeless on the streets of Dallas, was found shot dead at the side of the road near an intersection by North Stemmons Freeway while pan-handling. Gautreau had relocated to Dallas a few years before his murder to be closer to his son, but long-term struggles with drug addiction saw him homeless.
Footage from that night shows Adam Gautreau cautiously approach a Black Chevy Tahoe before turning to walk away. He is shot multiple times. Autopsy revealed there was a total of nine bullet wounds across his body.
Approximately 30 minutes later a 57-year-old Kenneth Hamilton was found shot in his vehicle at a stop-light, less than ten miles away from the Gautreau crime scene. The same black vehicle, a blacked out 2005-2007 Chevy Tahoe, was spotted at the scene. His wife described his death as senseless and random and warned Dallas residents to be careful when walking and driving around town: “I drove home yesterday and every car that pulled up I panicked. The streets of Dallas are dangerous. Be careful when you’re driving alone. Innocent people are being killed for no reason at all. I don’t care where you go, you need to be aware of your surroundings because people are killing senselessly.” She told WFAA News.
Hamilton was rushed to a nearby hospital but died from his injuries soon after. He had just left the house when he was fatally shot, leaving behind his wife of 23 years, children, and grandchildren.
Three were injured in two separate incidents on November 17. At around 9:50PM an individual was shot in Frisco. Fifty minutes later, at around 10:40PM, two 20-year-old women were injured on University Drive, around 45 miles away. Police believe Jeremy Harris may be responsible for the shootings and are investigating his possible involvement.
On November 18, a house fire on Anvil Drive in Celina claimed the life of 60-Year-Old Blair Carter. Emergency services responded to a call at around 11:00AM but were too late to save Carter, whom after extinguishing the flames, they later found dead inside the house. When police canvassed the local area, they were informed by several witnesses that they heard several gunshots being fired and that an individual clad in dark clothing had fled from the scene. It is not yet known publicly if Carter died as a direct result of the fire or by other means.
Other than Blair Carter, Harris’ victims are seemingly random and have no known connection too him. The vehicle he used in the attack of Robert Jaden Urrea was reportedly registered to the suspects girlfriend. Police questioned the woman about Jeremy Harris’ whereabouts on the night of Urreas murder. She told them she and Harris got into an argument and he stormed off, taking her car, a Ford Taurus, and disappearing for several hours. The car was later found crashed with expended cartridges in the passenger side footwell under the seat as well as a gun they believe Harris may have attempted to destroy. Police used the suspects phone to place him at the crimes.
Public documents pertaining to Harris’ criminal history highlight protective orders issued against him in 2015 and 2018. The orders were filed by Amber Adele Carter, the daughter of Blair Carter.
Jeremy Harris is currently being held at Collin County Jail on a murder charge in the death of Blair Carter. His bail is set at $3 Million. Police believe he acted alone.