MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – They haven’t slept in days, but the family of Alicia Roundtree found the strength to come together Wednesday and remember the hardworking mother of three who was killed Saturday night by a stray bullet in Miami Gardens.
"Whoever did this to my mother, they don’t know what they truly took from me,” Isaiah Raphael said Wednesday. “She was the only woman that I truly loved. The only woman that told me I could be something."
The Miami Gardens Police Department and family members held a news conference on Wednesday in hopes that a tip from the public could provide a break in the case. Detectives say they are desperate for leads.
Police said someone heard gunshots about 8 p.m. near Northwest 183rd Street and Northwest 24th Avenue. Roundtree was driving home from work near the Miami-Dade County Public Library when she was killed.
"Alicia was a hardworking woman. She worked two jobs to support her three kids," Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt said.
Noel-Pratt said earlier this week that other reported shootings in the area were not connected to Roundtree’s death. She said rumors posted on social media about a “serial sniper” in the area are “baseless” and not true.
The family urged the gunman to turn himself in to police.
"You turning yourself in will not bring her back. It will make it easier, so please turn yourself in," said Hailey Grant, Roundtree’s daughter.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami Gardens police Detective H. Schneider at 305-474-1710 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.