Former South Philly star athlete, 22, shot to death
Nadim Harris aspired to be like his older brother, Jalil, a high-school sports star. So when he excelled this year as a center and defensive tackle at Furness High School, he got his big brother's attention.
Nadim Harris aspired to be like his older brother, Jalil, a high-school sports star.
So when he excelled this year as a center and defensive tackle at Furness High School, he got his big brother's attention.
"He was like, 'OK, I see you, there goes my little brother,' " Nadim, 17, said, smiling, relishing in his older brother's praise.
It was one of the last memories Nadim had of his sibling.
Jalil Harris, 22, was shot to death Monday night on Bucknell Street near Federal in Point Breeze, police said.
He was shot multiple times and taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 10:50 p.m., cops said.
Police last night were still searching for a motive and a suspect, investigators said.
Harris was a star quarterback for South Philadelphia High School in 2003 and 2004. Before that he played for West Philadelphia High, said his father, Gregory.
Nadim was on the computer in his home on Oakford Street near 24th on Monday and his father, a retired teacher, was watching the Flyers game.
Nadim said he heard gunshots but thought nothing of them.
"But then somebody came banging on the door," Nadim said.
"All I heard was, 'Greg, come quick, your son got shot.'"
Nadim's father told him to stay behind while he ran to see what was going on.
"I was just waiting for someone to call and say, 'Jalil got shot but he's OK,' " Nadim said. "But then my dad just called and said he's dead."
Nadim and his father sat in shock at their home last night, less than a quarter mile from where Jalil took his last breaths and spoke of the magnitude of their grieving and loss.
"They took a friend; they took somebody you could trust," Nadim said.