A family has waited years for some type of justice, to gain a tiny bit of peace knowing that the man responsible in the homicide of Terry Barber is behind bars, yet there has never been any. Terry Barber’s family contacted me and asked that I reach out to the community to tell his story again in hopes that somehow 15 years later justice could be served.
On May 31, 1997 Terry was dragged 5 blocks to his death by a driver who was speeding through stop signs and hitting other vehicles while Terry dangled from the car, some witnesses state that the driver was intentionally holding onto Barber’s hand. Witnesses report that he was dragged from Douglas Ave about 5 blocks to the area of Hubbard and Main.
This happened in broad daylight around 10:45 a.m. Witnesses did try to chase the suspect vehicle which they describe as a small “goldish tan” Chrysler, reports state that the suspect vehicle hit speeds as high as 70 m.p.h. The suspect is described as a a white male in his late teens or early 20s, was last seen fleeing down Michigan Ave where witnesses trying to follow lost him. Officers found no weapons or drugs at the scene.
Barber’s then girlfriend stated she spoke to him the night before when he stated that he was at grandmother’s house and would be going to his cousins home. They were expecting twins just days before his birthday.
The Racine Police Department invites you to review the stories behind these victims and report your anonymous leads and comments to the Racine Police Department through an email directly to the Investigations Bureau or Crime Stoppers.