Slain Md. man was kidney-transplant survivor

SILVER SPRING, Md. – A 26-year-old Montgomery County man killed in his home over the weekend was a kidney-transplant survivor.

Detectives say 26-year-old Jonathan Harris’ mother found her son’s body in their Silver Spring home Saturday morning. He had obvious trauma to his upper body. His death was ruled a homicide, and burglary is suspected.

WRC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1wRPzkC ) that Harris had participated in a kidney-transplant exchange involving 32 people in 2010 that was featured on the “Today” show. Harris’ mother had donated her own kidney to someone else.

Jonathan Harris’ kidney failed when he was 12. A donation by his brother also failed, leading him to join the kidney exchange. Harris also survived chronic asthma and open-heart surgery.

Harris’ neighbor says she saw his mother weeping after finding her son’s body, crying, “My baby, my baby.” ___ Information from: WRC-TV, http://nbcwashington.com

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