Family, coach mourn 17-year-old fatally shot in Miami-Dade

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade police are investigating a shooting that left a teenager dead Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting was reported on Sierra Drive in northwest Miami-Dade.

According to authorities, the victim collapsed after the shooting.

Multiple kids ran off after the shooting, according to police.

Police confirmed that the victim, later identified as 17-year-old Mekhi Stevenson, has since died. A spokesperson for Miami-Dade County Public Schools confirmed that Stevenson was not a current student in the district, but had played football at North Miami Senior High School.

The victim’s coach, along with members of his friends and family, mourned at the scene.

“That was my quarterback,” coach Gerald Cox said through tears. “(He was a) kid who did everything I asked him to. Busted his butt for me. Took us to the playoffs...he’s going to be missed.”

A teenager was detained Tuesday. Authorities are also seeking two other teens.

Police said a group of teens were inside Stevenson’s home when one of them pulled out a gun. When he was urged to put the weapon away, the teen pointed the gun at the victim, who was struck in the torso.

“I want the world to know that Mekhi was a really great kid,” said Anthon Samuel, Stevenson’s brother. “I just don’t want this incident to be a misrepresentation of who he was.”

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


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