Clerk burned in robbery laid to rest Wednesday

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by JOSH DAVIS

WFAA

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 30 at 8:13 PM

GARLAND - Funeral services were held Wednesday for Garland convenience store clerk Nancy Harris, who was set on fire by a robbery suspect earlier this month.

She died of her wounds last Friday.

The grandmother of two had been an active member of the South Garland community for years and was well liked by many customers.

The day after Harris, 76, passed away, the South Garland High School Student Council held a car wash fundraiser at the Fina Whip-In where Harris was attacked. Thousands of dollars were raised for Harris' family. They have asked for any other donations to go to the Parkland Hospital burn unit.

The family released a statement Wednesday, thanking the Garland police, Garland Fire Stations 8 and 9, and the Parkland Hospital burn unit to give the family their final days with the grandmother. They also thanked all those who participated and organized the fundraiser, and finally, all those who have expressed their sympathies, support and prayers to the family.

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.

E-mail jdavis@wfaa.com

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