MIAMI GARDENS, FL (The Miami Herald) – A few days before Lorrice Harris and her young daughter were brutally murdered in their apartment, she told her husband of 10 years that their marriage was ending, family members said at an emotionally charged press conference at Miami Gardens police headquarters on Monday.
“We believe the trigger was she wanted a divorce from him,” said Harris’ brother, Ernie Saunders.
On Saturday, police responding to a call about a possible assault at Harris’ Miami Gardens apartment encountered a scene that even hardened detectives called gut-wrenching: On the back porch they found Harris mutilated by a machete. In a bedroom inside the apartment was her 10-year-old daughter, Shayla, killed by the same weapon. Another daughter, Shanalee Chambers, 29, survived the assault and was hospitalized in critical condition.
Police quickly named the suspect in the murders: Harris’ husband, Noel Chambers, 57, a hulking man known to friends in Jamaica and Miami by the nickname “Massive.”
Police across the region and federal authorities have combined in the search, but Chambers hasn’t been spotted since the attack. Police said they’re concerned Chambers may try to return to his native Jamaica.
A reward for his capture and conviction was set at $3,000. Police said that when Chambers is caught he will face two counts of first-degree murder and another count of attempted murder.
Anyone with information about Noel Chambers’ whereabouts is asked to contact Detective H. Schneider at 305-474-1710 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.