Community Rallies Around Garland Grandmother

Garland high school students raise money for convenience store clerk

By Tammy Mutasa
|  Wednesday, May 23, 2012  |  Updated 8:29 PM CDT
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Students and community members are coming together to help Nancy Harris, a Garland grandmother set on fire during a robbery at a gas station.

Tammy Mutasa, NBC 5 Garland Reporter

Students and community members are coming together to help Nancy Harris, a Garland grandmother set on fire during a robbery at a gas station.

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Garland is rallying to help a 76-year-old convenience store clerk who was was set on fire during a robbery this weekend.

South Garland High School students are raising money for Nancy Harris, who is in critical condition with burns on more than 40 percent of her body.

"The whole thing just made me livid, the fact that someone would go out of their way and do something that," said Dylan Stooksberry, president of the school's student council.

Students will hold a car wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fina Station in the 3300 block of Broadway Boulevard where Harris works.

A Chase Bank account has been set up for donations. Donors are asked to give the last four digits of the account number -- 5731 -- and the money will go into a fund for her.

"We're a family. We're a community. It happened right across the street, and we wanted to reach out as much as possible and help out the family," said Jacob Garza, South Garland High School Student Council adviser.

"For somebody to come in and destroy her life is very devastating to us and to the community," said Tony Rodriguez, of Hair Creations, the salon where Harris has gone for haircuts for the last two decades. "Our prayers are with the family, and we sure do appreciate the community sticking together."

Matthew Johnson, 36, is charged with attempted capital murder in the attack on Harris. A judge on Wednesday set his bond at $1 million.

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