Harper's death called a homicide

SANDUSKY Preliminary autopsy results show Calvin Harper Jr. died from a gunshot wound and that his d
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Preliminary autopsy results show Calvin Harper Jr. died from a gunshot wound and that his death should be treated as a homicide.

Police have not received a written report yet on the autopsy, which was performed in Lucas County, but that's what officers have been told, Det. Sgt. John Orzech said.

"We've been advised it's going to be ruled a homicide," Orzech said. "The cause of death is a gunshot wound."

Orzech said police don't think the gunshot was self-inflicted.

"I think we can rule out suicide," he said.

Asked if the department had suspects, Orzech replied, "We're working on that at the moment."

Orzech declined to specify where Harper rececived his wound.

"We're not going to be able to release any of that information right at the moment," Orzech said.

Orzech said Thursday that police have been receiving many telephone calls about the case and were pursuing leads.

Harper, 29, was found dead in his Parkview Boulevard home Wednesday morning. A 911 call made to the police said Harper had been shot.

During an interview Thursday with the Register, Harper's mother, Queen Amison, described her son as a caring and family-minded person.

"He was like the backbone to everyone," she said. "He took care of his father, his mother."