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Mother seeks killer after ‘joy of our family’ dies from Perris shooting

By in Press Enterprise on October 11, 2017

By Brian Rokos

The mother of a Perris man who died after being shot is hoping witnesses who can identify the killer will come forward.

Curtis McDaniel, 43, was inside his home on Raven Hollow Drive on Sept. 14 when, about 9:45 p.m., a bullet pierced the screen door and struck him in the neck. McDaniel died Sept. 21, when he was taken off life support, said his mother, Wanda Harris.

The Riverside County Coroner’s Office confirmed Sept. 21 as the date of his death.

No one has been arrested.

“He was minding his own business,” Harris said. “I’m hoping somebody, if they know something, will speak up.”

The Sheriff’s Department did not report the incident publicly until The Press-Enterprise inquired about it Wednesday.

“Our homicide unit is now investigating the death and working to sort out the details of the crime,” Deputy Michael Vasquez wrote in an email.

McDaniel stayed at home and watched his children and a grandchild while his girlfriend worked, Harris said. He had to stop working about five years ago because of complications from diabetes, she said.

McDaniel has mostly been self-employed and once had a car-detailing business.

He enjoyed attending his children’s basketball games and was well-known in the neighborhood, Harris said.

“Curtis pretty much made an impact on people’s lives just being who he is,” Harris said. “He had a big heart. I don’t think Curtis knew how much of an impact he had. He always tried to encourage kids in the neighborhood, teach them to stay out of trouble. They all knew him and they all loved him.”

She added: “He was the joy of our family, that’s for sure.”

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