Elderly clerk burned in robbery dies of injuries




Posted on May 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Updated Saturday, May 26 at 10:51 PM

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DALLAS — A car wash fundraiser for Nancy Harris went on as scheduled Saturday morning, hours after the Garland convenience store cashier died of injuries suffered when she was set on fire during a robbery last Sunday.

Harris, 76, passed away Friday evening at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where she had remained in critical condition since the attack at the Fina Whip-In.

The grandmother of two had been an active member of the South Garland community for years.

Matthew Johnson, the man arrested and charged with the crime, is in the Dallas County Jail and charged with criminal attempted capital murder. His bond is currently set at $1,000,000

According to a Garland police news release, detectives will be working with the Dallas District Attorney’s office in pursuing a charge of capital murder in the case.

The South Garland High School Student Council held a car wash fundraiser at the Fina Whip-In where Harris was attacked, at the corner of Broadway and Colonel, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

By noon, thousands of dollars had already been collected; the Garland Fire Department even showed up to donate.

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