Hookah lounge victim supported kids in community

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SAN DIEGO - Nearly 100 people gathered Monday night to remember the 29-year-old man shot dead outside a hookah lounge in Rolando.

Loved ones said Rodney Harmon loved spending time with kids in his community. Kavon McGowan plays on a football team Harmon supported.

“Last time I saw him it was at a football game and I was on the field and I gave him a hug,” said McGowan.

“He was their number one cheerleader, he came dressed up for every game, he was at every practice. He meant a lot to little boys in San Diego,” said Shani McGowan, a friend of Harmon.

Harmon was a popular man who often hung out and worked at a hookah lounge on the 7000 block of El Cajon Blvd., where he was shot and killed.

A gunman walked inside and shot straight at Harmon who tried to run away wounded to the back alley where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Grieving family and loved ones said they don’t know who or why someone would’ve wanted to go after him.

“It’s hard to explain to your kids because they don’t get it, to have someone who loved them that much and be that big of a support to them be gone for we don’t know what reason,” said Shani McGowan. “It’s hard for little kids to understand. They want their No. 1 Raider fan back and sadly it’s the hard truth that he’s not coming back.”

Police have surveillance footage from the establishment they hope will help find the killer.

1 Comment

  • Michael

    That’s so sad! Here you have someone that tries to show up for kids and that’s who this scum kills. Maybe/Hopefully others will take his lead in his death.

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