Funeral services will be held next week for a beloved community activist who was found shot to death in her Powelton home last week.
Friends and family members of Winifred "Winnie" Harris will gather at Christ Community Church of Philadelphia, at 4017 Chestnut St., in University City at 10 a.m. Monday for a funeral service. A closed-casket memorial hour will begin at 9 a.m.
Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 225 Belmont Ave. in Bala Cynwyd.
Harris, 65, was the acting executive director and longtime volunteer coordinator at UC Green, a West Philadelphia group that plants and tends trees.
About 8:20 p.m. Friday, police were called to Harris' home on the 300 block of North Holly Street, after a neighbor noticed that a second-floor window had been open for a couple of days.
Police found Harris unresponsive inside her second-floor front bedroom. She had been shot several times, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
No arrest has been reported. Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting.
Friends and neighbors said Harris lived alone.
"She's been a pillar in this community," said Kia G., a neighbor who did not want to give her last name. "Winnie, to me, is a legend in this community."
"She tried to show us a better, greener life," she said.
Neighbors spoke about how Harris planted trees on her block and numerous others. She set up a community garden on her block and often tended to it.
Harris was a longtime volunteer coordinator at UC Green, at 4601 Spruce St. About a year ago, she also became the nonprofit's acting executive director.
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.
Flowers in memory of Harris may be sent to EWB Funeral Service, 2134 Stenton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19138.