Marquetta Y. Harris — 2016 Richmond Homicide #10

Here’s what we know so far.

Update #2 — February 24, 2016; 10:58 AM

From the RPD:

Dennis Moore, 36, of the 1900 block of Accommodation Street, was arrested today and charged with breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Both charges are felonies. He turned himself in yesterday afternoon at Richmond Police Headquarters. His booking photo will be released when it is available.

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Update #1 — February 23, 2016; 1:22 PM

Please see suspect information in the “Investigation” section below.

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Original — February 22, 2016

We’re calling this a homicide because it has been officially termed as such by the Richmond Police Department. Before you tell us we’ve missed one–was it actually a death investigation (often self-defense)? Was it within city limits? Did the person die of wounds received in a different year? All of those deaths do not get officially counted as Richmond homicides for this year.


Marquetta Y. Harris, age 39, of the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue.

Her obituary reads:

HARRIS, Marquetta Yvonne, 39, of Richmond, departed this life Saturday, February 20, 2016. She leaves to cherish her loving memory, daughter, I’Misha Harris; sons, Gartavish Smith and Niggi Harris; grandchild, Mariyah Mattox; parents, Maxine and Russell Harris; sisters, Natasha Harris, Ciara Harris and Alicia Kersey; brothers, Antonio Harris and Jameson Udoh; and a host of other family and friends. Remains rest at March Funeral Home, 2110 E. Laburnum Ave., where viewing will be held on Friday, February 26, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and where family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 5th Baptist Church, 1415 W. Cary St. Interment Oakwood Cemetery.

Funeral Information

  • Saturday, February 27th • 11:00 AM
  • 5th Baptist Church, 1415 W. Cary Street
  • Interment at Oakwood Cemetery

The Incident

  • Where: 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue on the Northside
  • When: Saturday, February 20th at or around 3:50 AM.
  • Weapon: Gun. Ms. Harris was shot multiple times and died later that morning at the hospital.

Ms. Harris was found in an apartment that also contained an uninjured preschool-aged child.

The Investigation

The police are reporting that Marquetta Harris was one in a double homicide (the other victim, Cory J. Holmes, is Richmond’s 2016 Homicide #9).

Update as of February 22nd

The Richmond Police Department is searching for suspect “Dennis Moore, 36, a 6-foot, 3-inch tall, dark-skinned Black male, weighing approximately 175 pounds. He is known to frequent the area of Mosby Court. His known aliases include ‘Joe’ and ‘Black.'”

The police believe Moore is armed and dangerous and urge citizens to call 911 if he is spotted. They stress that Moore should not be approached.

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Got a tip?

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Conrad Simms at 804.646.0712 or Crime Stoppers at 804.780.1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Or, leave a tip online at Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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