Candlelight vigil held for shooting victim

Errold Peart shot, killed Sunday while trying to stop robbery

Published On: Dec 05 2012 04:19:15 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 05 2012 10:55:39 AM EST
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -

Family and friends gathered Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil to honor Errold Peart, the car wash owner who was shot and killed while trying to stop a robbery near his business in Miami Gardens.

Two days since the murder, those who knew and loved Peart gathered outside Errold Carwash and Detailing, at U.S. 441 and Northwest 191th Street at 7:30 p.m.

"It hurts. I feel like it's always going to hurt," said Mishka Peart, Errold's daughter. 

Police said Peart, 59, tried stopping two teens from robbing a man on Sunday evening. As the teens ran away, one fired a shot, hitting Peart in the head.

"It's just... I'm shocked, too," said Damian Peart, the victim's son. "It's sad. He was a good person."

Local 10's Ross Palombo reported the community is coping with the tragic death by sharing stories about Peart's positive influence on their lives.

"There's a lot of love out there for him," one family member said.

Peart was known for giving young men jobs, raising two children and putting his daughter through medical school.

"Hearing people talk about (how) he loaned me money... (to) get through a bad time," said Mishka.

As people struggled to accept their loss, the community was also focused on finding Peart's killer.

"I want justice, justice to be served," a family member said.

"I'm hoping they have a conscious and turn themselves in," said Mishka.

Investigators have few solid clues. Police believe the two shooters left the area Sunday in a four-door, grey Nissan.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.