MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A 19-year-old man was arrested Monday in connection with the 2018 fatal shooting of a longtime Miami-Dade librarian in Miami Gardens.
The shooting occurred shortly before 9 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2018, at the intersection of Northwest Second Avenue and Northwest 207th Street.
According to Miami Gardens police, Jaime Humet, 47, was found unresponsive in his car that was stopped at a traffic light.
Police said he had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel.
Investigators said Humet had just left a nearby Dade County Federal Credit Union branch, where he had used an ATM, when he was approached by Shaun Divine Fortune, who got out of another vehicle and shot him.
Police said the car was a white Kia Optima. Surveillance video shows the gunman, who was wearing black pants and a black hoodie. The same man was also seen on surveillance video outside the bank.
“My family has been destroyed. My mother will never recover from this,” Humet’s brother Nick told reporters at a news conference weeks after the shooting.
On Monday, Fortune appeared in a virtual bond court hearing before a Miami-Dade County judge. The case was moved to juvenile court due to Fortune being under 18 when the crime took place.
Prosecutors will have to file a motion in order to move the case to an adult court.
Regardless, the news of Fortune’s arrest brought some much-needed relief to the Humet family.
“We’re just happy,” Nick Humet said Monday. “It lifts a rock off our souls knowing this animal isn’t walking the streets, enjoying life, while my bother is in the ground.”
According to Fortune’s arrest warrant, Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip on April 19, 2019, that Fortune was showing off video of the incident that aired on local news outlets and said the shooting was an accident.
The tipster also claimed that there were three people inside the white, 2008 Kia Optima used during the incident and that the people inside the car gave Fortune a gun and told him to rob the victim.
According to the arrest warrant, detectives matched Fortune’s fingerprints in May 2019 to those found on the victim’s vehicle and cellphone records showed that his phone pinged near the site of the shooting about 9 minutes after Miami Gardens police were notified.
A warrant was issued for Fortune’s arrest and he was taken into custody Monday on charges of second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery.
Humet worked for the Miami-Dade Public Library System for 21 years, most recently at the Miami Lakes branch.
Miami-Dade County officials said he was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend.
“He was, like, too good for this world,” Humet’s mother, Pilar Humet, said. “My son was like an angel in this world.”