Man, 22, kills his 39-year-old uncle, Rodne Nalien, in Miami Gardens, police say

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A Haitian-American family is grieving on Wednesday after a 22-year-old man fatally shot his 39-year-old uncle, Rodne Nalien, in the chest on Tuesday in Miami Gardens, police said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel pronounced Nalien dead. He was the father of three girls, a beloved musician, and a businessman who loved Caribbean food.

Officers detained Jimmy Desir, who turned 22 in December, on Tuesday. Records show corrections officers booked him on Wednesday at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

Desir later appeared in front of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy S. Glazer during a virtual hearing on Wednesday afternoon.

Jimmy Desir is facing a second-degree murder charge in Miami-Dade County. (MDPD)

The shooting was inside apartment 204 at Crossings, a rental community near the intersection of Miami Gardens Drive and Northwest 27th Avenue, police said.

Desir is facing a charge of second-degree murder with a weapon and he is being held without bond.

A GoFundMe page was created by family members, with a message from Nalien’s widow. To visit the page, cilck here.


Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Guadalupe Monarrez contributed to this report.


Family grieves after fatal shooting in Miami Gardens

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