Winifred “Winnie” Harris, 65, was the acting executive director and longtime volunteer coordinator at UC Green, a nonprofit group that plants and tends trees, according to Philly.com.
“The two so-called “persons of interest” were caught on surveillance video walking near Harris’ home. One man was described as black, of average height and of muscular build. He appears to have bushy hair with a receding hairline, police said. In the video, he appears to be holding a gun in one hand as he runs in an alleyway, then hiding the weapon in his pocket.
The second man was described as being of average build, possibly with facial hair on his chin; his race could not be clearly discerned from the video.”
“Winnie was a well-loved person, a community organizer” who cared about “turning the world green,” said Elizabeth Waring, 66, a close friend and UC Green volunteer. “She was very well-loved. She will be very missed.”
She was a staple in the community planting trees on her and many other blocks.
As with any homicide, there is a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the homicide unit at 215-686-3334.
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