PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Pensacola Police released new details Thursday afternoon about the homicide case of 20-year-old Elizabeth Harris, who was shot and killed May 27th outside the Platinum Club off Palafox Street. Police say Harris was caught in the middle of a gang feud that dated back to 2017.
Pensacola Police say they have arrested three in connection to the murder and one person is wanted by both Pensacola Police and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Markeasia James, 17, and Tequan Warren, 18, face charges of first-degree felony murder, attempted murder, and aggravated assault and shooting into a vehicle. Dante Walker, 19, faces a charge of accessory after the fact.
Pensacola Police say Cordellious Dyess, 19, is wanted for first degree felony murder, aggravated assault and shooting into a vehicle. Dyess is wanted out of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated assault, firing a deadly weapon in public, firing a deadly missile, possession of an altered firearm, and criminal mischief.
Harris’ mother Tawana Campbell and her sister Vallie Harris were at a news conference held by several agencies Thursday. They talked to News 5 saying they are relieved arrests have been made but they know nothing will bring back their loved one. Campbell feels sympathy for the families of the teenagers who were arrested because they could spend the rest of their lives in prison if convicted.
“These children have lost their lives,” she said. “My daughter has lost her life. They’re going to lose family. I lost my family. It’s just too much…and Pensacola is going to hell. Everyone is doing too much out here. It’s just too much. Every time I turn on the news, there’s something going on negative around here and that’s bad then to find out they’re children. These are children who haven’t really gotten a start on life.”
Pensacola Police say two gangs have been in a feud that started in 2017 at the Pensacola Interstate Fair. Police say the two gangs, the Bro Gang and the Cash Gang, have been responsible for over 22 shootings in the community. On the night of the murder, police say Elizabeth Harris had attended a concert at the club with her sister and friends. When she walked out, that was when several members of the Bro gang targeted a person in the parking lot near the Platinum Club. Police say seven guns fired 44 times at the targeted person. That person’s car was hit 15 times by bullets and was hit once. Harris was also struck by a bullet in the back, she later died in the hospital.