Ryan Harris picnic honors girl sexually assaulted, killed in 1998

Sunday, July 28, 2013
Ryan Harris

Ryan Harris (WLS Photo)


A picnic was held in the Englewood neighborhood Sunday to honor the memory of Ryan Harris, the 11-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered in 1998.

Harris's body was left in an abandoned lot.

Seven-year-old and 8-year-old boys were charged, but prosecutors later realized they had made a mistake. A 29-year-old man was later convicted of the crime.

Sunday's picnic was held at Ryan Harris Memorial Park at 67th Street and Lowe and included a balloon release.

Two months ago, a relative of Ryan Harris was killed at that park in a random shooting. On Sunday, family and friends remembered both Harris and 30-year-old Shaneda Lawrence.

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