Woman seeks answers after her friend is murdered in Powelton

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Woman seeks answers after her friend is murdered. Rick Williams reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on December 2, 2017. (WPVI)

Two arrests have been made in the murder of a beloved community activist in Philadelphia, and the investigation is not over yet.

Saundra Fulwood met Winnie Harris when she was trying to get more trees planted on her block.

The two instantly became best friends.

"I found out we had the same birthday and I said Oh My God. and then I found out we liked the same food and I said Oh My God, and then I found out that we liked to shop in the same stores, and I said oh yea that's my friend," Fulwood said.

Fulwood describes Harris as a kind hearted person, not even willing to kill a fly.

"I said Winnie there's a fly in here. I said give me the Raid I said give me the stuff she said 'no no just open the door and let it out.'"

That soft demeanor is what Fulwood says makes the events on Friday, February 3 of last year so hard to take.

Just before 8:30 p.m., police were called to Harris' home on the 300 block of North Holly Street in the city's Powelton section.

When they arrived they found the 65-year-old woman lying in a second floor bedroom suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"That really broke my heart that somebody that wouldn't even hurt a fly, how could they come into her home and hurt a person, that just blew me away and it still does," Fulwood said.

So far, two men have been arrested in connection with Harris' murder.

Thirty-one-year-old Isaiah Reels was caught last month and 39-year-old Nelson Giddings was arrested in October.

But officials tell us more people may have been involved.

The City of Philadelphia is offering up to $20,000 in reward money for the arrest and convictions of everyone responsible.

All you have to do is call the Citizens Crime Commission at 215-546-TIPS.

All calls will remain anonymous.
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