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Steven Anthony Harris

In memory of Steven Anthony Harris

I’ll never forget getting the call on March 21, 1990, saying that my brother, my best friend, my partner in life, was gone. More importantly, I couldn’t believe what they were saying: He took his own life!

I had just spoken to him. He had just enlisted in the Marines, so it didn’t make sense. He was so happy and looking forward to it. I couldn’t accept suicide, so for years I looked for answers. Finally, on July 4, 2001, an article showed up in the Washington Post about the “Blue Wall of Silence”: death at the hands of an officer. There were 12 names, and the 12th name that appeared was my beloved brother, Steven Harris: Shot by the hands of an officer!

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