JONESBORO — Superhero Crimefighter Officer Juvell Harris of the Clayton County Police Department died on Saturday, Feb. 22, according to a Southern Grace Hospice spokesperson and the Clayton County Police Department.
Harris captured the hearts of CCPD officers when they learned of his desire to be a police officer and hosted him for a day.
“It is with our deepest sympathy to inform everyone that little Juvell Harris, our Honorary Police Officer, lost his battle with brain cancer early Saturday morning,” CCPD said in a statement. “His family has started a Go Fund Me page to help with expenses. Juvell Harris will always be a member of the Clayton County Police Department and will be greatly missed. Prayers are extended to the Harris family during this difficult time.”
Harris attended Harper Elementary School and solved The Case of the Missing Bicycle during his time with the Clayton County Police Department.
Juvell’s classmates at Harper Elementary were given the chance to learn the news from their parents Monday, according to Clayton County Schools.
“We are heartbroken to learn of the loss of Juvell Harris on Saturday. On Monday, at the request of his teacher, only the parents/guardians of his classmates were notified of his passing by his teacher to allow the parents the opportunity to engage in those tough conversations with their young children,” a statement from CCPS read.
“Today (Tuesday), a mass notice will be sent home to the rest of the school. As is district protocol, we have dispatched grief counselors to the school and they will work with students through a variety of activities to provide assistance as needed.”
CCPS said Harper Elementary’s principal, Tangela Benjamin, “has offered the family an opportunity to utilize the school facility for post-funeral services, if needed. The school will continue to support the family in a variety of ways as they navigate this difficult time.”
Anyone wishing to donate to Officer Juvell Harris’ celebration of life Go Fund Me can visit https://bit.ly/2wDG2VH.