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A Texas man arrested after allegedly gunning down his ex-girlfriend’s father and killing three others over the past several weeks has been described by law enforcement as "the definition of a serial killer."
Jeremy Harris, 31, has been charged with four counts of murder following the series of killings, police said. Last week, Harris allegedly fatally shot Blair Carter, his former girlfriend’s 60-year-old father, in Celina, Texas, a small city about 50 miles north of Dallas, according to WFAA-TV.
On Nov. 18, construction workers reported hearing gunshots and witnessed smoke coming from Carter’s home, according to KXAS-TV. The elderly man’s body was later found inside the home, which had been set on fire, the station reported.
Harris was booked into an Ellis County detention center, online jail records show. He is being held on a $4 million bond at a Collin County jailhouse, according to online jail records. Dallas Police later linked him to three other killings in the city, according to a series of arrest affidavits obtained by Oxygen.com.
"In my opinion, based on what I've seen so far, I believe this is the definition of a serial killer," Dallas Police Deputy Chief Reuben Ramirez said on Friday, KXAS-TV reported.
“Throughout the investigation, detectives learned [of] several other murders in the City of Dallas with a similar modus of operandi,” one arrest affidavit states.
On Oct. 31, Urrea was shot and killed in Dallas, police said.
“The suspect appears to summon [Urrea] to the vehicle’s passenger side and shoot him, causing [his] death at the scene,” the affidavit states.
Harris was connected to the Southern Methodist University student’s murder after surveillance footage captured his white Ford Taurus with “chrome rims” and “tinted windows” at the site of the shooting. The sedan, which was also seen fleeing the scene on speed cameras in downtown Dallas, was reportedly involved in a “wreck” hours later. Investigators who searched the car said they found a spent bullet casing underneath the passenger seat.
Detectives said that Urrea was celebrating Halloween when gunfire erupted, according to ABC affiliate KVIA-TV.
"I know I speak for all of us here at SMU in offering our sympathies to Jaden's family, loved ones and friends," Melinda J. Sutton, the school’s associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said in a statement.
Two weeks later, on Nov. 13, Harris is alleged to have gunned down Gautreau and Hamilton in Dallas in separate shootings, which took place approximately 30 minutes apart. Surveillance footage of a black Chevrolet Tahoe SUV seen fleeing both crime scenes linked Harris to the killings, the affidavits allege.
“It's disgusting,” Tiffany, a relative of Gautreau, who declined to give her last name, told KXAS-TV. “I just can't believe that somebody would just randomly go killing people.”
Tiffany said Gautreau leaves behind a young son.
“He's 11, so really hasn't grasped it yet, but he's never going to see his dad again,” she added. “I think as holidays come and go and he gets older, he's going to realize that his dad is gone and he's never going see him again.
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