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14-year-old boy fatally shot while attending family gathering at park

Detectives returned to a Southwest Miami-Dade park a day after a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade detectives returned to the scene Monday of the murder of a 14-year-old looking for clues as to who shot the boy.

The shooting happened around 7:15 p.m. Sunday at Sandpiper Park in the 15800 block of Southwest 106th Terrace in The Hammocks.

“According to investigators, the victim, who is not from town, was here visiting relatives and was at a family gathering at a community park that is located within the HOA,” Detective Angel Rodriguez, who is also a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, said.

The boy was from Broward County and was at the Southwest Miami-Dade park.

According to authorities, the victim told his family that he was going to meet friends steps away from their pavilion. A short time later, his family heard gunshots and found the teen unresponsive.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel responded to the park and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

“Whenever we have a shooting, it affects our community as a whole – whether it’s an adult or it’s a juvenile. But especially if it’s a juvenile, it touches us in a more profound way,” Rodriguez said.

A motive for the shooting is unclear and no arrests have been made.

“I’ve been living here for the past few years and I’ve never heard anything like that,” Abdias Suero, who lives nearby, said.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

About the Authors:

Annaliese Garcia joined Local 10 News in January 2020. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami, where she studied broadcast journalism. She began her career at Univision. Before arriving at Local 10, she was with NBC2 (WBBH-TV) covering Southwest Florida. She's glad to be back in Miami!

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.