Police collect evidence inside dead Barry University student's dorm room

Priscilla Torres, 19, found dead in Little Havana in February

By Liane Morejon - Reporter

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. - An arrest warrant obtained exclusively by Local 10 News shows Miami police have searched the dormitory room of a 19-year-old Barry University student who was killed in February.

Priscilla Torres was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Feb. 10 in Miami's Little Havana section.

Because Torres was not carrying any identification, Miami police were initially unable to identify the body and released a composite sketch of Torres to the public. Meanwhile, Torres' friends reported her missing. A few days later, authorities were able to connect the cases.

Documents show officers scoured Torres' single room in Benincasa Hall for evidence. According to the warrant, police collected items to test for DNA and blood samples from various items and locations in the room, including an "unknown red substance" found on the floor. 

According to the search warrant, a witness told police that they heard a woman screaming, followed by gunshots in the area where Torres was found dead. The witness, who documents show is a juvenile, said they walked out onto the street and saw a dark-colored, four-door vehicle circle around the victim and fire more shots towards her before fleeing the scene. 

Several days after the killing, police found Torres' charred white Nissan Sentra in a field behind a Miami Gardens Elementary School. Documents show officers also removed several pieces of evidence from the location where Torres’ vehicle was found, including broken pieces of glass, a yellow gas nozzle. 

Torres was last seen by her friends at Barry University driving away from the college in the Sentra.

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