Husband kills mother of their 5 kids, then shoots himself in their house, police say

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Shanica Harris Miami-Dade Police Department

UPDATE: Three domestic violence arrests preceded killing of mother of 5, court records say.

A husband killed his wife before shooting himself in their Liberty City home Saturday night, Miami-Dade police say.

Miami-Dade property records and Facebook posts from friends and children identify the couple as grandparents Eddie Harris and Shanica Harris, together for at least 33 years, married for 16 years and parents of five adult children.

Miami-Dade police say around 8:51 p.m., when officers answered a 911 call about a shooting inside a residence two men running from the scene told police there were two children still in the house. Special Response Team members and hostage negotiators were called to 6004 NW 23rd Ave.

SRT members got the kids, aged 6 and 9, out through a window. Once inside, they found a woman fatally shot and a man suffering what a gunshot wound that appeared self-inflicted. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

For the immediate family, this is the second violent tragedy in under four years. Eddie Harris Jr.’s life ended at 19 when he was shot while walking near the corner of Northwest 52nd Street and 26th Avenue around 1 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2016.

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Shanica Harris and Eddie Harris at a party in June with a cardboard cutout memorial for Eddie Harris, Jr., who was fatally shot in 2016. Facebook

The last post on Shanica Harris’ Facebook page shows off the Mercedes she says Eddie bought her last week.

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