$10,000 reward offered for information about slaying of Miramar teen

Mendell Butler-Lebel, 17, killed July 2 in drive-by shooting

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Ian Margol - Reporter

MIRAMAR, Fla. - A $10,000 reward is being offered for information about the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy in Miramar.

Broward Crime Stoppers announced Wednesday that it is offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. An additional $7,000 is being offered by anonymous friends and relatives.

Police said Mendell Butler-Lebel was killed and two others were wounded July 2 in a drive-by shooting in front of the Foxcroft apartment complex on Foxcroft Road.

"He did not deserve to be murdered at 17 years old," said Paul Lebel, the victim's father.

According to Mendell's family, the teen had just finished eating and was watching a movie with his aunt when he decided to run to the store with his neighbors.

The trip only took a couple of minutes, but when they got back to the apartment complex and started to get out of the car, someone started shooting at them.

Myra Butler, Mendell's aunt, ran downstairs and immediately tried to preform CPR.

"I did everything I could to save my nephew," Butler said. "I didn't see no blood, the paramedics when they came, they cut his shirt open and that's when I discovered the bullet wound. He was shot one time in the back."

Rescue crews rushed him to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, but Mendell died from his injuries.

His parents said he was an honors student and wasn't involved in any illegal activity. They said he was an innocent bystander in this attack.

"He had such a loving, caring and giving spirit. That is who my son was," said Mendell's mother, Omorose Butler.

Police said the shooter was in a four-door, silver car with dark-tinted windows.

Anyone with further information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
 

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