Memorial service for shooting victim to be held Saturday

June 17, 2011
  • Heather Harris
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MAUGANSVILLE, Md. — A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday for Heather Harris, the Hagerstown woman who died Wednesday, five days after being shot in her Dual Highway home.

The memorial service will be held at the UAW Local 171 Hall, 18131 Maugans Ave., Maugansville, said Brenda Cole, Harris' mother.

Donations to help the family pay for the medical costs and funeral expenses incurred as a result of the shooting may be made to, or deposited with PNC Bank, according to the family.

Cole said her daughter's organs were donated to help save the lives of others.

Harris, 37, of 1606 Dual Highway, was a hairstylist for 11 years and had worked most recently for SportsClips in Frederick, Md. In the memorial service announcement, the family thanked the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the staff at Meritus Medical Center for their treatment of Heather.

Harris was shot twice in the head on June 10, according to the charging document the sheriff's office filed against her ex-boyfriend, Randy Houston McPeak, 43, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. A standoff with police began at about 3 p.m.

The county Special Response Team brought Harris out of her house at 7:30 p.m. on June 10. McPeak, who could be seen armed with a handgun at the front entrance of the home, finally surrendered to police at 10 p.m.

McPeak, who was charged with attempted first-degree murder and other offenses, is being held without bond in the Washington County Detention Center.

As a result of Harris' death, additional charges will be filed against McPeak prior to a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 7, Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said this week.


— Don Aines

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