Harer’s parents, Heather and Kevin Harer, now are trying to revive a lawsuit they originally had filed in October, arguing that their daughter’s death was not a suicide and her boyfriend, Crest Hill police officer Felipe “Phil” Flores, was responsible. Flores was the only other person in Harer’s apartment at the time of her death and was the one who called 911.
James Murphy, an attorney with the Joliet firm Mahoney, Silverman & Cross who represents the village of Channahon, wrote to the Harers’ lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, arguing that the death investigation by the Will Grundy Major Crimes Task Force was “extensive.” He also said that Bonjean’s motion for relief of judgment on the initial lawsuit omitted facts, including some about gunshot residue tests.
Bonjean argued that investigators told the Harers their daughter had tested positive for gun residue while Flores tested negative. They then cited news reports that found the exact opposite: Harer was negative while Flores tested positive on his right hand, the cuffs of his sleeves and the front of his sweatshirt. According to Murphy and affidavits from Channahon Deputy Police Chief Adam Bogart and Chief Shane Casey at a Dec. 28 meeting with Heather and Kevin Harer about the investigation’s findings, there was no discussion about gunshot residue on Flores.
In his response, Murphy said this assertion “neglects other significant evidence,” such as initial field testing showing both Harer and Flores tested negative for gunshot residue.