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Teen dies after being shot while riding bicycle

‘Long Live Nalton’ memorial grows for boy who loved football

MIAMI – A 16-year-old boy who loved football and was shot late Friday night, while riding his bicycle in northwest Miami-Dade County, died on Monday. Miami-Dade detectives are investigating the murder.

Master Nalton Johnson Jr.'s friends left stuffed animals and a football helmet with messages and signatures at the Lincoln Fields Apartments, 2021 NW 64th St., near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The wall was spray-painted with a painful message: “Long Live Nalton.”

16-year-old Nalton Johnson was shot and killed outside a northwest Miami-Dade County apartment complex.
16-year-old Nalton Johnson was shot and killed outside a northwest Miami-Dade County apartment complex. (WPLG)

There were more than 20 evidence markers -- many of which showed bullet shell casings.

A shooting that left a teenager wounded on Friday night also damaged a white Nissan in Miami-Dade. Daniel Diaz - Local 10 News
A shooting that left a teenager wounded on Friday night also damaged a white Nissan in Miami-Dade. Daniel Diaz - Local 10 News (Daniel Diaz - Local 10 News)

A neighborhood resident and the victim’s family friend, who both asked not to be identified, said the boy, who lives in the complex with his family and was on his way home, was shot “likely in the head” when a gunman fired at a large group of “young people.”

Detectives are investigating a shooting that left a teenager wounded on Friday night in Miami-Dade. Daniel Diaz - Local 10 News
Detectives are investigating a shooting that left a teenager wounded on Friday night in Miami-Dade. Daniel Diaz - Local 10 News (Local 10 News)

Susan Kennedy, the founder of Bullets 4 Life, a Broward County-based nonprofit organization aiming to save lives by getting bullets off the streets, expressed her outrage on social media late Friday night.

“Looks like my son,” Kennedy wrote on Facebook. “He looks like everyone’s child. God, please God.”

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.


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