Community rallies to renovate home for son of slain Miami-Dade police officer
Amanda Haworth killed in 2011 while serving murder warrant
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The Miami-Dade Police Department is thanking members of the South Florida community for helping to renovate the home of slain officer Amanda Haworth's son.
Haworth and her partner, Roger Castillo, were shot and killed on Jan. 20, 2011, while serving a warrant on a man wanted for murder.
Since then, the Police Department has raised money and several companies have come together to assist in renovating the home of Austin Haworth.
Haworth is just two days from beginning South Florida State College, where he will play baseball on a full scholarship.
"It is hard. Especially now at this time when I don't have my mom around," Haworth said.
Haworth immediately moved into a small but warm home with his new legal guardian after his mother's death.
"To lose a family member in that split 17 seconds and it was done and over with and she was gone is -- I can't tell you how that hits you," Haworth's guardian, Jeri Mitchel said.
Despite losing his mother, Haworth said he considers many of his mother's fellow officers his family and said he hopes to one day be a police officer as well.
"When people tell you that if something would happen to you, that your family would be taken care of– it's true," Haworth said.
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