Harb Tragedy Changes S. Knox Neighborhood

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Knoxville (WVLT) -- Shock, sadness and disbelief.

Neighbors in a South Knox County subdivision have to wrestle with all of that, one night after police say a man murdered his former in-laws, and then took his own life.

The motive appears to be a rocky divorce.

The dogs still bark down on South Circle, but this neighborhood's not what it used to be.

"Real sad, real hurt, shocked," said David Gohn, a friend of the Harb's. "Don't know what to do."

Last night, David lost two friends of 35 years just down the street.

"They're just wonderful folks," David said, "The kind of folks you're glad to have had the chance to spend time with."

The Knox County Sheriff's Office found Ramsey Harb, 71 his wife Margaret, 66, shot to death in their living room around 8:20 last night.

Their former son-in-law, Kevin Storr, 51, pulled the 9 millimeter's trigger.

"Evidently he was going through a fairly rough divorce," said Chief Tom Spanger from the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Storr had been married to the couples daughter, Teresa Harb-Storr for 15 years when the marriage officially ended in March.

Storr blamed his in-laws for the divorce.

"Mr. Storr was not happy about the situation," said Chief Spanger.

After he took it out on them, Storr put the gun to his head.

Teresa saw it all, called 9-1-1, and before he fired one shot, her ex-husband said his final words.

According to Chief Spanger he said, "You're going to have to live with this, you see what you made me do."

Teresa had a protection order issued against him eight months ago, but was never served.

"Nothing would've stopped him last night," Chief Spanger said.

When David Gohn saw the sheriff's cruisers, his world collapsed.

"Just one of those times you feel the air just leaving your body," David said.

The Harb family has issued a statement that reads, "Our family's suffered an unbearable loss, no two people loved each other more. We will try and make sure they live on both in our hearts and in our commitment to helping others."

Neighbors say with their friends now gone and South Circle will never be the same.

"I'm always going to feel like I'm getting ready to walk up and see them and it's not going to happen," David said.

But now he and this neighborhood must move on without their friends.

Neighbors say the Harb's doors were unlocked most of the time, so Storr wouldn't have any trouble getting in.

As for funeral arrangements, the family will receive friends at Saint John's Cathedral on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Services will be Wednesday morning at 10:30, also at St. John's.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Saint John's in memory of the Harb's.


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