Semi-Pro football player from Portsmouth, other victim in Granby street shooting

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Posted at 9:54 AM, Mar 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-22 12:52:29-04

NORFOLK, Va. - 25-year-old Devon "Malik" Harris, from Portsmouth, was one of the victims who died in the shooting on Granby Street early Saturday morning.

The incident happened near the Chichos Pizza and it took the life of Sierra Jenkins as well. Additionally, three more people were hospitalized after the shooting.

Harris' football coach, Markus Turner spoke with News 3 and said he loved sports and was an All-Star football player.

Harris was also a wrestler and went all the way to the state competition for that.

Turner said Harris continued to play football after high school with many semi-pro football teams with the most recent semi-pro team he played for being the Virginia Beach Rhinos, which he played with for five seasons.

Harris' coach said he went out for a night of fun Saturday, and his life was cut short.

He said, "I used to call him a gentle giant on the football field. He would transform to something amazing, off [the] field smiles, coachable, teachable, can't imagine this happen to someone trying to bring peace to situation."

News 3 also talked to Harris' brother who said he was a star athlete and little league coach. He was also supposed to go out with his brother that night but didn't and said, “It should have been me."

"We did everything together, road trips together, college trips, I raised him," he said.

Harris' brother also said he was not the intended target of the shooting as he ran outside after a fight, adding, "I really think my brother death will spark something." Harris said he planned to go with him that night, but time got away from him.

"I would have been on the concrete with him, I should have protected him," said Harris.

Loved ones have now set up a Gofundme to support the family in this time. The account page says Harris was part of the 200 Plus Men Foundation in 2016 and said he graduated with honors as well.

If you or someone you know has information in this case that could help police, take action and call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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