College fund started for Harney children

January 15, 1995|By From Staff Reports

Worthington Elementary School has established a college trust fund for Paul and Ryan Harney, the Ellicott City children whose mother was found slain the day after Christmas.

"We would like to help collect money to pay for the boys' education," said Fran Donaldson, principal of Worthington Elementary, the school the boys attended. "We don't know what will happen to them down the road, particularly after high school, and we felt that having money set aside would really help them out."

Police have charged the boys' father, Daniel Scott Harney, 40, with murder in the death of his estranged wife, Shirley Scott Harney, 41, and with wounding her friend, William A. Helmbold. The Harneys separated in July.

Police say that Mr. Harney picked up Paul, 10, and Ryan, 8, from his wife's house in the afternoon and then returned in the early evening. His wife and her friend were shot in an upstairs bedroom, police say.

Mr. Harney was arrested Jan. 7 in Charlotte, N.C., after a 12-day nationwide search for him and his sons that ended the day a report on the case appeared on the television show, "America's Most Wanted."

Mr. Harney was returned to Maryland Wednesday and is being held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center. The boys are living with Mr. Harney's parents in Northern Virginia and were to begin elementary school there Friday.

Donations to the fund -- which is co-sponsored by NationsBank -- may be made out to the Paul and Ryan Harney Trust Fund and mailed to Worthington Elementary School, 4570 Round Hill Road, Ellicott City, 21043.

The school has donated money to start the fund, and the PTA is expected to provide more when it meets later this week.

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