The Boone County Sheriff’s Department said that a “thorough investigation” has found Ahmonta Harris was shot and killed after he attempted to rob a home with a handgun Saturday. The investigation is ongoing, the department said.
Harris, 26, “unlawfully” entered a home in the 5700 block of Limoges Drive near the Lake of the Woods Golf Course, according to a press release from the department. A 20-year-old resident, who was also armed, shot and killed Harris after he threatened the resident. Sheriff’s deputies responded at 11:17 p.m., according to the release.
The residents of the home, the 20-year-old and two others, were not injured.
Harris pleaded guilty to a 2010 charge of third-degree assault and property damage. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. He was quoted in an 2008 Missourian article as wanting to become a “new and better person” following his release from the Boone County Juvenile Justice System.
He was well-known for trying to better not only himself but also his community; he attended numerous community meetings discussing social equity and violence. He was also one of the organizers in Columbia’s annual firework wars, which he put together to safely create an identity for Columbia and peacefully bring people together. He urged young people to stay away from violence at a Silence the Violence forum in 2012, according to previous Missourian reporting. In 2017, he was a leader in the creation of a community center in the northern neighborhood.
A vigil will be held in memory of Harris’ life at 6 p.m. Thursday in Douglass Park. Following that, a memorial concert will be played at 9 p.m. at Rose Music Hall. Harris was set to headline his first concert Thursday, and while “we will never get to see this star shine as bright as he could have,” the show will go on in his memory, according to a North Village Recording Facebook post. The post said proceeds from the show will go toward Harris’ family. The show will have live performances and a presentation of Harris’ music. The community is encouraged to attend both.
“His loss is a monumental one,” the post reads. “He was an amazing person and a genuine leader in our community.”
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