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Man protecting wife, kids from home invaders shot dead, family says

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A Miami man who tried to protect his wife and daughter from a pair of home invaders was shot and killed early Wednesday, family members said.

Miami Police say they're looking for two heavily armed suspects who ambushed the family inside their home in the area of Northwest 16th Avenue and 44th Street.

"We call these two men beasts," Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said.

Family members said 36-year-old Maurice Harris and his wife and 11-year-old daughter were inside the home when the two men broke in around midnight.

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"We are all numb, in disbelief," said Harris' mother-in-law, Annie Streeter, who said her daughter and Harris had been married for 14 years.

According to Streeter, Harris was shot after he stepped in to stop one of the men who aimed his weapon at his daughter.

"Someone took the gun and put it to her head and like, had them hostage there," she said.

The men shot Harris, who was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center where he was later pronounced dead.

"I was like in disbelief that something like this could happen, cause they're a loving family," Streeter said. "The one thing I do know, that he gave his life trying to save his family."

Police said they're looking for the suspects and are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.