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Detectives search for killer after teen is shot and burned in Miami-Dade

Teenager was shot and killer tried to burn him, family says
Teenager was shot and killer tried to burn him, family says

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Who killed 18-year-old Neel Curiel, and why?

Those are answers his family wants after the teenager was found dead Saturday around 10 a.m. in the area of Southwest 187th Avenue and Southwest Eighth Street in Miami-Dade County.

Curiel’s aunt, Yami Martinez, said the killer shot him and set him on fire.

“They took him away before we even saw him become a man,” Martinez said.

Detectives continue to gather evidence in teenager's murder
Detectives continue to gather evidence in teenager's murder

The family says they are waiting on more information from the police, and that they’ve had to do a bit of digging themselves.

Martinez posted a message on Facebook asking for help. She offered a timeline and provided photos, all in an effort to find her nephew’s killer.

The family also provided Local 10 News a photo of Curiel’s car, a blue two-door Honda Civic found Monday morning in southwest Miami-Dade.

“That’s hopefully a big piece to the puzzle,” Martinez said. “We didn’t know if maybe he rode with someone else in a car. ... Now we know his car was at the scene.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 dollar reward for leads. If you have any information, you are urged to call 305-471-8477.


About the Author:

Alex Finnie joined the Local 10 News team in May 2018. South Florida is home! She was raised in Miami and attended the Cushman School and New World School of the Arts for high school.