By Dennis J. Freeman
INGLEWOOD — Eight and a half years later, Kevin Harris Sr. is still angry. He wants his son back.
Harris hasn’t stopped reminiscing about the way it used to be. Being a father means the world to him. Talking with his son about music and other topics was a favorite pastime.
“I miss chopping up music, going to Dodgers games with him, going to Lakers games with him. … We took a road trip to Arizona when my mom turned 70,” Harris Sr. said. “It was me and him going to Arizona and back. Everything from A to Z, I miss about my son.”
All those special moments for Harris Sr. came to an abrupt half on Sept. 20, 2009.
Kevin Harris II was pretty good at making music. Known in music circles as “Track Bully,” Harris was so good at what he did that noted rapper and actor Ice Cube liked what he heard from the talented musician and bought one of his tracks.
“I love him so much, and I respect him so much, and his talent was just phenomenal,” Harris Sr. said
For someone getting well acclimated into the music industry, that milestone seemed to be a precursor to the kind of success that Harris was projected for. That potential was unforgivingly cut short.
On his way to a recording session in Inglewood, Harris was riddled with bullets outside of the music studio at the corner of 118th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard.
Harris was just 21 when as many as 10 to 17 shots were fired into the vehicle that he was driving. Harris died on his way to the hospital.
“They took the biggest part of my life away from me,” Harris Sr. said.
The perpetrators of the horrific crime have yet to be apprehended. But the door may be closing in on them as the FBI announced March 29 that a $25,000 reward is being offered for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the cold-case homicide.
“The FBI and its partners at the Inglewood Police Department are seeking information about Kevin’s murder,” Mollie Halpern of the FBI said.
The pain of losing the younger Harris to gun violence has been heart-wrenching for his parents.
“I want to know who murdered my son,” said Kevin’s mother, Katheryn. “I want to look at them. God knows what else they might have done after my son was murdered.”
When he lost his life, the young Harris was on his way to do what made him happiest: making music.
“I never had to worry about … where he was and what he was doing,” Harris Sr. said. “I knew that he was doing what he loved, something positive. I was like a helicopter dad. Whenever he didn’t come home, I would text him a question mark and he knew what that meant. Just let me know where you are.”