- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 4, 2011

A mother and her 20-year-old son were the victims of a double homicide in Fort Washington on Thursday, according to Prince George’s County police, who were questioning the husband and father who found them.

Patricia Mercer Harris, 56, and Frank Lamar Harris Jr., 20, were found dead inside their upscale home in the 11800 block of Hickory Drive, each with multiple gunshot wounds, Prince George’s County police said. The husband and father of the pair, Frank Harris Sr., called police around 4:30 a.m. to report the shooting after he said he returned home from work and found them, said police spokesman Cpl. Henry Tippett.

Police have not identified Mr. Harris as a suspect in the killings and say he is talking and cooperating with investigators.

Neighbors describe the Tantallon neighborhood where the Harris’ lived as a quiet haven for families and older adults. Several said Thursday they often saw Frank Harris Sr. working on the lawn that surrounded his brick, split-level home. None were aware of any disturbances at the home and police spokeswoman Julie Parker said there had been no recent calls for police service to the house.

“The family always says hello,” said neighbor Monique Ray, 20, who attended Friendly High School with Frank Harris Jr.

Looking past the crime scene tape that stretched across the edge of her yard and cordoned off Hickory Drive, Ms. Ray recalled how the younger Mr. Harris had been the first person she met when her family moved to the neighborhood 14 years ago.

Frank was a very shy, quiet kid. He kept to himself and wouldn’t start anything either,” she said, noting that he planned to start classes at the College of Southern Maryland in the fall.

Thursday afternoon, as police continued to interview the elder Mr. Harris at police headquarters in Palmer Park, crime scene investigators remained at the home as tow truck drivers hitched and loaded five cars. Two sport utility vehicles, a small Honda, a large sedan and a white pick-up truck were all taken from the scene.