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Clues few in Arch Street murder

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By Jenny Hartley

Yvonne Harris said her family doesn’t have a clue who would want to murder her godson, Harry Frazier Jr.

Frazier, 31, was found dead by his wife’s niece in his home at 412 E. Arch St. on Thursday afternoon. His home is across the street from the Lancaster Police Department.Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard said police still have no leads in the case. Right now, officers are processing evidence, interviewing friends, family and neighbors and trying to track down Frazier’s activities in the past week, she said.Investigators don’t know yet if Frazier was the target of a crime, or if it was a random incident, Howard said.Early findingsLancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said Frazier had been dead up to 24 hours before his body was discovered, about 3 p.m. Thursday.Preliminary autopsy results show that Frazier died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, Morris said, though he was not specific about how many times Frazier had been shot.Howard said it appears that Frazier was shot with a .380-caliber pistol. More information will be available when a detailed autopsy report returns in four to six weeks from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.Family in mourningHarris, who raised Frazier since he was about a year old, said she didn’t think he had any enemies.“That was my heart,” Harris said. “He’d give you the shirt off his back. He was a good person.”Frazier was trained as a barber, and worked with irrigation systems in Ballantyne. His 26-year-old niece had come by the home about 1 p.m. to get her hair cut, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. She noticed the front door was partially open.She went into the home and looked for Frazier, but didn’t see him lying on the kitchen floor. She waited in her car in the driveway for about 45 minutes and left.The woman talked to Frazier’s estranged wife, Erica Frazier, and told Erica Frazier about the open door she found at the home. Worried about Frazier, the woman returned to the home about 3 p.m. and found him on the kitchen floor.The woman told police she noticed that Frazier was cold to the touch.A Lancaster Police Department officer happened to drive by the home and heard the woman screaming for help. The officer went into the home and found Frazier with blood on Frazier’s back near his left shoulder.Investigators also found a few shell casings on the floor and a bullet hole in the back screen door.Harris said someone had called her house about police cars and fire trucks in front of Frazier’s home and drove their from her Glenwood Avenue home.“I saw the police tape up and said, ‘Oh no, no, no,’” Harris said. “When I saw the police tape, I knew he was dead.”Harris said it’s bold for someone to murder another person in front of the police department, and she hopes someone will go to the police with information.“If anyone knows anything, please come forward and tell the truth,” Harris said. “We’re going to pray and leave it in God's hands.”Anyone with information may call the Lancaster Police Department at 283-1171 or 283-1174.

– Reporter Jesef Williamscontributed to this report.

– Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at 283-1151