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Dozens attend balloon-release tribute for 22-year-old shooting victim

Hallandale Beach mother grieves, asks public for help finding killer

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Some of Ronald Rolle’s friends and relatives gathered Thursday night to honor the 22-year-old shooting victim with a balloon release and a candle-lighting ceremony in Hallandale Beach.

His mother, Lantasha Taylor, described him as “a big cuddly teddy bear" and said that his past doesn’t define him.

“They came out for my baby,” Taylor said about the dozens who gathered during the tribute.

She had a request for the public: “Whoever knows anything, just say what you know.”

Ronald Rolle was fatally shot Feb. 17 in Hallandale Beach, authorities said.
Ronald Rolle was fatally shot Feb. 17 in Hallandale Beach, authorities said. (Broward Crime Stoppers)

Hallandale Beach police detectives are still working leads in the case, but as of early Friday morning, they had not made any arrests.

Shooter on the loose after gunfire erupts in Hallandale Beach
Shooter on the loose after gunfire erupts in Hallandale Beach

Witnesses in the area Monday said they heard several gunshots and saw Rolle’s body in the middle of Northwest Sixth Avenue near a black BMW that had been riddled with bullets.

A body was on the street in a Hallandale Beach neighborhood.
A body was on the street in a Hallandale Beach neighborhood.

The grieving mother is asking anyone with information to call Hallandale Beach police at 954-457-7400 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.


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