When he should be preparing to go back to school, his family will instead be preparing for his funeral.
He should be out swimming, playing baseball and goofing around with his friends, instead he'll be remembered in eulogies, poems and prayers.
No, it wasn't a illness that stole this child from those who knew and loved him- it was a twice-convicted child sex offender.
An 11-year-old boy missing since last week was found slain early Monday on a golf course near his home, and a twice-convicted child sex offender was arrested in his death, police said.
An autopsy was being performed on the body of Irvin Harris to establish the cause of death.
"The body had suffered a level of decomposition," said Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman. "Everything points to the fact that he was actually killed on Friday."
Melvin Jones Jr., 52, was arrested Monday afternoon inside a downtown fast food restaurant after police got an anonymous tip that he was there. Police planned to charge him with murder, Moses said.
Jones had befriended the boy and was last seen with him, investigators said.
A twice convicted sex offender, allowed to roam free with only the impression of public safety applied to him... the impression of, because being on probation clearly didn't prevent him from committing yet another crime. The only difference between this and past crimes? A child is dead.
Sadly, Irvin wasn't the only child endangered because of a sex offender, he wasn't the only child missing. From the Canadian crime bloggers, we've learned that yet another sex offender seems to have vanished with another boy- this time the child is 10 years old. At this point, we can be relieved only in knowing that Zachary Miller could still be alive, could still be saved from having the same outcome as Irvin. For readers up north, I urge you to follow one of those links, for more information on this case.
As for Irvin, we can only hope that this is the last time Melvin Jones Jr. has a taste of freedom. May the state quickly convict him, and even more quickly remove the life from his body.
Categories: predators, molesters, murders