Shana Harris-Morris was killed Feb. 4. (GoFundMe photo)

Shana Harris-Morris was killed Feb. 4. (GoFundMe photo)

‘I’ll remember the hugs:’ Family reflects on life of Surrey shooting victim

Family identified Shana Harris-Morris as victim of Feb. 4 shooting

In the midst of a chaotic situation with nearly a dozen children running amok, a young Shana Harris-Morris stopped what she was doing and gave her uncle a hug.

That hug, which was shared in a moment of mayhem, is what Ryan Morris thinks of when he reflects on the life of his 23-year-old niece, who was killed in a shooting last week.

“She would just stop what she was doing just to give you a hug. Right in the middle of chaos and all of the kids doing their kid things. She just wanted to just stop to give some love,” Morris said.

On Feb. 4, Surrey RCMP responded to reports of shots heard in the 10800-block of 139A Street at approximately 7:30 a.m.

A man was found with non-life-threatening injuries and Harris-Morris was found in “grave condition.” Both were transported to hospital where Harris-Morris died.

RELATED: Woman killed, man injured in early morning Surrey shooting

Police said early indications are that the shooting was not a random act of violence.

Since her passing, Morris said his family has been sharing photos of Shana. Shana, who grew up in Surrey, had eight siblings, including a twin sister.

“I see a picture of Shana holding her niece and with everything, you just get to capture that moment in time where you can see the love that a person has that they share. I can’t even begin to express what a beautiful person she was.

“I will remember those hugs.”

Morris’ family set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a funeral, marker, and memorial bench in Shana’s name.

Morris said he hopes to put the bench near a dog park in Chilliwack, where some of Shana’s family members live.

“Shana loved animals. She wanted to be a vet when she got older. Shana’s dog had puppies just a couple short weeks ago,” Morris said.

Shortly after her dog gave birth, Shana took a video of the puppies to share with friends and family. While recording, Shana’s voice could be heard, taking note that the puppies arranged themselves by colour.

“White, brown, white, brown,” Morris said, recalling the video. “She was just amazed. She had this really innocent perspective on life that very few people have.”

Living in fear

While Morris said he doesn’t know what led to his niece’s death, he acknowledged that she struggled with an opioid addiction. On many occasions, Morris said, he offered to find her help.

“The opioid addiction has been the spotlight and we’re learning more and more about addiction… It’s a lot more (than) just worrying about an overdose these days. What transpired on Thursday is a far greater beast than we can imagine.”

Morris said he recently spoke to a friend of Harris-Morris, whom she viewed as a mother figure. The friend, Morris said, told him that Harris-Morris indicated to her that she was “quite scared.”

“It’s such a crazy lifestyle that people live in fear. And they’re afraid to reach out to the police out of fear for their own life and their own safety. There’s only so much we can do with the information that’s given to us… When you’re intertwined into that lifestyle of addiction, it’s very difficult for people to step outside of that.”

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has not yet announced any arrests in the killing of Harris-Morris.

Morristhanked police and medical staff at the hospital for fighting on his niece’s behalf.

“I’d really like to see the person that were responsible for this to be held accountable,” Morris said. “This was caused by a person that no longer needs to be in our communities. It’s a person that has absolutely no regard for human life. This person emptied our lives of someone that we truly loved. I will be very grateful for the moment that this individual receives their justice and justice for all of us.”



aaron.hinks@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Labour Minister Harry Bains addressing Surrey Board of Trade digital meeting Friday. (Screen shot)
Labour Minister says Surrey businesses’ resilience through pandemic ‘impressive’

‘Surrey’s effort in bending the curve has been among the best,’ Harry Bains says

Volunteers from Semiahmoo Secondary joined with members of the Lower Mainland Green Team and the White Rock and South Surrey Naturalists Wednesday to remove invasive plants from White Rock’s Ruth Johnson Park. (Contributed photo)
Students, volunteers remove invasive plants from White Rock’s Ruth Johnson Park

Day-long project a collaboration between city, Lower Mainland Green Team

Raj Singh Toor (left) with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudea after an official apology for the treatment of Komagata Maru passengers in 1914. (Contributed photo)
Request made for City of White Rock to honour Komagata Maru passengers

Raj Singh Toor confident city will rename ‘street, park or city asset’ in honour of 1914 tragedy

Saulteaux Cree – Saskatchewan hide and rabbit moccasins by Edith Cyr (1914-2000). (Shared with permission by Diane Jubinville)
Delta students to ‘Roc their Mocs’ March 11

Event to “teach about diversity, identity of different cultures around the world”

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C. on the COVID-19 situation. (B.C. government)
Dr. Bonnie Henry predicts a ‘post-pandemic world’ for B.C. this summer

‘Extending this second dose provides very high real-world protection to more people, sooner’

Malawian police guard AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines after the shipment arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi, Friday March 5, 2021. Canada is expecting its first shipments of AstraZeneca vaccine next week. (Associated Press/Thoko Chikondi)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases climb to 634 Friday, four more deaths

Currently 255 people in hospital, 66 in intensive care

A crashed helicopter is seen near Mt. Gardner on Bowen Island on Friday March 5, 2021. Two people were taken to hospital in serious but stable condition after the crash. (Irene Paulus/contributed)
2 people in serious condition after helicopter goes down on Bowen Island

Unclear how many passengers aboard and unclear where the helicopter was going

Supporters rally outside court as Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church is in court to appeal bail conditions, after he was arrested for holding day services in violation of COVID-19 rules, in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday March 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
‘Law remains valid:’ Pastor accused of violating health orders to remain in jail

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing the pastor

The Netflix logo on an iPhone. B.C. delayed imposing sales tax on digital services and sweetened carbonated beverages as part of its response to COVID-19. Those taxes take effect April 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Rourke
B.C. applies 7% sales tax on streaming, vaping, sweet drinks April 1

Measures from 2020 budget were delayed due to COVID-19

Chief Don Tom of the Tsartlip First Nation was outraged after Green MLA Adam Olsen revealed on social media that the community had been experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak – a fact the First Nation had chosen to keep private to avoid racist backlash as experienced by the Cowichan Tribes when an outbreak was declared there in January. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. First Nation ‘outraged’ after Green MLA reveals COVID-19 outbreak

Tsartlip First Nation chief shares concerns about racist backlash, MLA apologizes

A lawyer wears a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of COVID-19 while waiting to enter B.C. Supreme Court, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. British Columbia’s highest court has sided with the land owner in a dispute over public access to public land. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. high court finds in favour of large landowner in fight over access to pair of lakes

The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club launched legal action after the cattle company blocked road and trail access

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference in Ottawa Friday, March 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau holds firm on premiers’ health-care funding demands, COVID-19 aid comes first

Premiers argue that the current amount doesn’t keep pace with yearly cost increases of about five per cent

Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend service, in Chilliwack, B.C., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Lawyers for the British Columbia government and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms are back in B.C. Supreme Court today, squaring off over the legality of COVID-19 rules that prohibit in-person religious services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. top doctor has power to restrict access to a place during health hazard: lawyer

Under B.C.’s Public Health Act, Jacqueline Hughes says, Henry can restrict or prevent entry to a place

Most Read