Students Raise $10K For Clerk Set On Fire

Students hold car wash near the scene of the attack.

By Amanda Fitzpatrick
|  Saturday, May 26, 2012  |  Updated 8:49 PM CDT
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Students from South Garland High School raised $10,000 for the family of the victim.

Amanda Fitzpatrick, NBC 5 News

Students from South Garland High School raised $10,000 for the family of the victim.

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Local high school students raised $10,000 for the family of a convenience store clerk known as "Grandma" to many in the Garland community.

76 year old Nancy Harris died Friday night, nearly a week after she was robbed and set on fire at the Fina gas station where she worked in Garland.

On Saturday, students from South Garland High School returned to the place of the attack to hold a car wash and raise money for her family.

"I was just devastated," said Dylan Stooksberry, president of the school's student council. "It's kind of outlandish that someone would go out of there way to do this. To have that happen to someone who you know, to a face that you know, to a friend it's devastating." 

"It hurts deep down and honestly if someone is going to go out of there way to do something  bad like that,  I am going to go out of my way to do something nice," said Stooksberry.

The Fina gas station is located just a block from their school. Many students like DJ Valderrama personally knew Harris.

"I came in the gas station and she showed me so much kindness by giving me a free drink," Valderrama said. "Whenever somebody shows you that kind of kindness if affects your life really."

Despite the tragedy that happened at the Fina gas station, many students told NBC 5 that the incident has brought the community closer together.

Many hoped this fundraiser will help honor Harris who meant so much to many.

"I know Ms. Harris is looking down on us right now, I know she is happy," said Valderrama.

Matthew Johnson is charged with Attempted Capital Murder in connection with this case. Those charges could be upgraded because Ms. Harris has now died.

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