Communities come together to remember 5-year-old Cady Harris

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Communities came together Sunday as two families remained divided.

Cady Harris, 5, died following a police chase Friday.

Charges remain to be filed but family and friends turned their attention to the little girl who got caught in the middle.

Harris just hit a major milestone in the life of a 5-year-old.

“She just started riding her bike without training wheels, she was just getting ready to start kindergarten,” explained Cady’s mom, Christie Harris.

Cady's mom said she and Marcus McGowan got into a fight and she called police.

“He's hurt me before, lots of times but he's never hurt her, he's never even spanked her," Harris said.

“It was all about him, him and Christie's relationship. He tried to control every aspect of everybody's life around him,” said Cady’s Aunt Alice Jones.

McGowan's grandmother, Norma Campbell revealed he did have issues.

”He had mental problems and he's been struggling with them for quite a while and it's been a hard road,” said Campbell.

However, she doesn't believe her grandson would ever hurt Cady.

”I never thought anything would have happened to Cady, I never did. None of us ever did,” Campbell said.

Since no one had been charged yet, it’s left both families and the community around them feeling helpless.

Family friend Lauren Hawes said, “I think there's going to be a lot of speculation, a lot of he said, she said.”

Hawes is now working to bring people together in support of the little girl who was just stuck in the middle.

“For her name and her memory to go unsaid is just unacceptable at this point. This is a little girl who quite possibly could have grown up and saved the world now there's no chance of that,” said Hawes.

 

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