Takesha Lareua Harris

takesha harrisTAKESHA LAREUA HARRIS, 38, was killed 01/24/16 at her Carrollton Avenue residence in Killeen, Texas.

A 1995 graduate of Kankakee/Bloom High School, she was a star varsity basketball player.1 She later attended Joliet Junior College before serving four years active duty in the US Army and another four in the Army Reserves.2

Takesha was baptised at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, and was employed by UPS and Walmart at the time of her death.

She’s interred at Mound Grove Cemetery in Kankakee, Illinois.3 She was survived by mother Adrienne Harris; father Joe Bell Jr; brothers Deonte Harlan, William and Aron Bell; and sister Melinda Bell.


Around 5:30am her brother arrived to a ransacked house and Takesha lying unresponsive in the hallway.  Officers were dispatched and performed CPR; however, they were unable to revive her.

Garland Potvin, Justice of the Peace, arrived on the scene and pronounced Takesha dead at 6:03am.4 An autopsy was ordered to be performed by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas; however, I could find no published results of their examination.


Authorities believe Takesha was specifically targeted for a home invasion.5


My research revealed very little about her background or murder. If you have a reputable source of information for either, please let me know so it can be incorporated into this summary.


Killeen Police Department is working to solve the Takesha Lareua Harris case and bring her killer(s) to justice. If you have information about this crime, please contact detectives at (817) 634–3111.

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  1. Munster IN Times: Prep Basketball, page D3, published 11/30/93. []
  2. Lax Mortuary: Takesha Harris, accessed 03/09/22. []
  3. Find A Grave: Takesha Harris, accessed 03/09/22. []
  4. Killeen PD News: KPD names victim in death investigation, published 01/26/16. []
  5. Killeen Daily Herald: Victim identified in home invasion attack, published 01/26/16. []

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