Slain homeless man’s brother: Family learned of Dec. 21 murder on the news

Jerome, who suffered from alcoholism, was killed. His family learned of his murder while watching the news.

MIAMI – Terrance Price said he didn’t hear from his brother on Christmas or New Year’s Eve. He said Jerome “Jerry” Price suffered from alcoholism. He was 56 years old and had been homeless for decades when he was killed.

He and his family didn’t know he had been murdered on Dec. 21 in Wynwood until they saw the news on television. Authorities released the surveillance video of the shooting.

“Watching the fire come from the muzzle was difficult to watch. He was in a fetal position,” the grieving brother said on Monday.

Detectives accused Willy Maceo, a real estate agent who authorities described as a suspected serial killer. He is also accused of killing another homeless man in October and of attempting to kill someone else in December.

Terrance Price had a message for Maceo: " You are a coward and we are going to get justice.”

He set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to benefit the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust in his brother’s memory.

“Jerry has family that has always loved and supported him even when it was his choice to choose the life of homelessness,” Price wrote. “And though it was a life we would have preferred he’d not been a part of, we supported him the best way we could and as much as he would allow.”

Ron Book, of the Miami Dade Homeless Trust, talked about the murder on Friday.

“You talk about stalking the weak, stalking the infirm, stalking the ill,” Book told Local 10 News. “I want people to remember these are decent human beings. They were down on their luck. They’ve had an illness or they’ve had this or that. That doesn’t make them lesser people.”

Maceo is being held without bond. He is facing one count of attempted murder.

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Reporter Rosh Lowe has been covering news for nearly two decades in South Florida. He joined Local 10 in 2021.