Security Officer Arrested for Murder

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Following the August 27 shooting of a cafeteria worker, Cheryl M. Hawkins, in the National Air and Space Museum, a veteran security officer, Arva Faye Harris, 38, is arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed. (She was arrested on either Friday or Saturday following the shooting. Newspaper accounts give different days.) The crime appears to stem from a personal dispute.


  • Harris, Arva Faye
  • Hawkins, Cheryl M
  • National Air and Space Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Serge F. Kovaleski. "Arrest Made In Museum Slaying." Washington Post, 29 August 1993, p. B1.

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August 1993


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