Arrest Made In Connection With Slaying of SMU Student

The Dallas Police Department Friday arrested Jeremy Rashaud Harris, 31, in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old SMU student.

Jeremy Harris. PHOTO: Collin County Jail

Robert “Jaden” Urrea was fatally shot at 3 a.m. Oct. 31 at the intersection of S. Harwood Street and Jackson Street in downtown Dallas. 

Detectives found surveillance footage of a white, four-door car interacting with Urrea before leaving, at which point Urrea fell.

An arrest warrant affidavit shows detectives learned Thursday a white Ford Taurus that matched the description of the suspect vehicle in Urrea’s case that Harris drove was involved in a wreck hours later and taken to a repair shop.

Police got a warrant to search the vehicle and found a single fired cartridge underneath the passenger seat, the affidavit shows.

Authorities allege in the affidavit Harris was also involved in the shooting death of Adam Gautreau at about 8:33 p.m. Nov. 14 in the 8300 block of N. Stemmons Road and of Kenneth Hamilton around 9:02 p.m. in the 1100 block of South Beckley Avenue.

Authorities pulled video in one of the Dallas cases and identified a black SUV as a suspect vehicle, the affidavit states.

Harris was arrested in a black SUV similar to the one seen in the Dallas cases by Celina police on a murder complaint Nov. 17 in connection with another killing there.

During a search of Harris’ Chevrolet Suburban, authorities found a black handgun that was taken apart and burned, according to the affidavit.

Harris is being held in the Collin County Jail in lieu of a $3 million bail on three murder charges. 

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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