- Posted October 24, 2012 by
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Mississippi Delta girl killed by her abusive boyfriend
Our beautiful Shelby Dawson Harmon lived life big, loud, and hopeful. Jesus blessed her with her beautiful wings on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
Shelby graced us with her glowing presence on June 4, 1992. James Clay Harmon Jr. and Angela Lynette Harmon were not prepared for the love they felt when they first laid eyes on their sweet baby girl. They were more than blown away by the love that exploded from her tiny heart. Shelby loved school. She touched hearts, opened her heart and learned more about life than the average normal girl. She graduated with memories to hold, friends to hug, and a 4.0 to be proud of herself.Shelby touched so many lives. She had so many friends that she carried with her through college. All of those memories lifted her through her college moments at Mississippi Delta Community College. She not only earned her associate degree but continued for more. Shelby lived her life always reaching for more. Shelby was born into a family that lived for family. We were more than family, we are friends. We carry, we support, we unconditionally love. We never stand alone. Every moment apart we carried our love. Now with wings, you will fly high with our hearts as we continue holding on to yours.
Please read the report below:
Shelby Dawson Harmon Shelby Harmon was killed on U.S. Highway 61 near the Bolivar-Washington County line when she was struck by multiple vehicles traveling in the north bound lane.
Bolivar County Assistant Coroner Murry Roark pronounced Shelby D. Harmon, 20, of Cleveland dead on the scene. Harmon was a 2010 graduate of Cleveland High School.According to the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department's dispatch log, a call came into the department at approximately 6:10 Saturday morning by a woman traveling north on U.S. Highway 61 stating that she had hit an object in the road and thought that it was a body.Deputies were dispatched to the scene and immediately contacted the Mississippi Highway Patrol. In the meantime, the department received numerous other calls about the incident."I got the call at around 6:20 a.m.," said Sgt. Mike Mullins of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Mullins went on to say that when he arrived on the scene it became apparent that several different vehicles struck Harmon, including that of her boyfriend Rodney Shelton Fulgham."At this time it is difficult to tell which impact killed her," Mullins added. Fulgham, 23, with addresses in Cleveland and Shaw, also called the 911-dispatcher to report the incident although he had traveled a significant distance after impact. Mullins said Fulgham was taken into custody for questioning and later released."I have taken statements from Fulgham and three other witness," said Mullins. "I expect the Highway Patrol to send out a team of accident re-enactment investigators on Monday or Tuesday." Mullins added that while the investigation is still active, no charges have been filed at this time.
"It is the policy of the MHP that we don't file charges until an investigation has concluded and all test results have returned," said Mullins. "While no charges have be filed at this time, I do expect that charges will follow at a later date when all the evidence has been evaluated." Michael Lamb, chief deputy for the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department said that the department would be working with the Mississippi Highway Patrol with any needs that they may have during the investigation.
Shelton Fulgham has been released pending further investigation. We want to get Shelby's story out there to everyone. Domestic Violence MUST be STOPPED. We need your help to make this possible. We all want Justice for Shelby and Justice for all families and victims of Domestic Violence.
Justice for Shelby