Funeral services set for 11-year-old Mayetta boy

MAYETTA, Kan. (KSNT) – Funeral services have been set for an 11-year-old Jackson County boy killed from an accidental death.

An apparent explosion resulted in the death of Colby Dean Harris.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call from the victim on July 21, requesting help.

When crews arrived on the scene in rural Mayetta, they found the boy’s body.

A KBI investigation revealed that Harris had been experimenting with fireworks and other small explosive devices, while home alone.

An autopsy performed Saturday, determined the boy died from massive blood loss caused by shrapnel.

According to Harris’s obituary, he would have started 6th grade this coming school year at Royal Valley Middle School. He played baseball and soccer. Colby also loved hunting, fishing, swimming, hiking and shooting sports.

A rosary will take place on Tuesday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. followed by a family visitation at 8:30 p.m.

The funeral will be on Wednesday, July 26, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic church in Holton followed by a burial at Mt. Calvary Church.

Memorials are suggested to the Harris Children’s Education Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home to P.O. Box 1034, Holton, 66436. Online condolences may be made by clicking here.


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