'He saved my son's life': Austin victim's family opens up | KAALTV.com

'He saved my son's life': Austin victim's family opens up

Miguel Octavio
Updated: June 10, 2021 02:35 AM
Created: June 09, 2021 10:38 PM

(ABC 6 News) - If it wasn't for David Harris's actions, his wife Ronica said her son and other people inside their Austin home would've died.

Austin police said David was shot and killed early Saturday after a man threatened to shoot people if he wasn't given drugs. A warrant is out for Miguel Nunez Jr.'s arrest.

Nunez had gone to the house in Austin to buy marijuana and threatened to shoot everyone if he wasn't given all the drugs, according to court documents. David Harris heard the commotion, grabbed his gun, and opened the bedroom door when Nunez shot Harris then got away, according to court documents.

Ronica said she didn't know Nunez but if he never threatened her husband, she said David would've welcomed him with open arms.

"He would've talked to him. He would've prayed with him and he would've fed him a meal but he shot him before he even got the chance to say anything," Ronica said.

That's the kind of man her husband David was. 

"He was a very, passionate, caring, sensitive man," Ronica said.

She said David had a hard life but turned it around when they met. 

"He realized he couldn't continue to run the streets," Ronica said. "That's when he really got into Bible studies and building his relationship with God."

Through faith and his past, she said he longed to help others with struggles from current and past inmates to those who struggled with pornographic addiction.

But more importantly, David helped Ronica.

"He didn't judge others for their faults," Ronica said. "He touches everyone he talks to, and he was my provider, my protector."

David would die a protector to everyone in their Austin home the early morning of June 5.

"He saved my son's life and three other boys. If it wasn't for him, they would've all been dead," Ronica said.

Now without his father, their son Carter said he wants to make his dad proud. He's leaning on family to cope with their loss.

"He's the reason I am who I am today," Carter said. "It means everything because they're all I have... At the end of the day, we're all we have."

But David wasn't just a father to Carter. He was also a father to those who didn't have one.

"I lost my dad when I was fifteen and David was the only one I would call dad besides him," said Jimmel Warren, their daughter's partner.

Warren said David taught him the importance of what matters most. 

"Your family, that's the only thing that matters. Your kids, that's the only thing that matters," Warren said. "That's the only thing he cared about."

The family said finding the suspect Miguel Nunez Jr. won't mean justice but it may spare another family from going through a loss like theirs.

"If a person his age is willing to come into a house where there are two babies sleeping with a 30 clip, they do not need to be on the streets," Ronica said. "He needs to be caught because he will hurt someone else."

The family of David Harris said a GoFundMe has been set up to cover his celebration of life. He was the family's provider. 

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