Candlelight vigil held for teen fatally shot by Uber driver in Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Grieving friends and family gathered for a candlelight vigil on Saturday to remember Miles McGlashan, a teen that was shot by an Uber driver in November and died last month.

His loved ones came together at TY Park in Hollywood, across from where the teen was shot late last year.

The 19-year-old was shot while taking an Uber ride.

He was in the hospital for 71 days before he died.

His mother April McGlashan said her son miles made his mark in a short time, and that he was her only child.

“He would just tell me that he loved me every day,” she said.

McGlashan’s family is frustrated over the lack of an arrest, but the case is being investigated by the Hollywood Police Department.

In November, McGlashan hailed an Uber to his grandparents’ home in Hollywood near TY Park.

Detectives say there was some sort of argument over a drop off location.

McGlashan had exited the rideshare and allegedly slammed the door, after which the driver got out and an argument ensued.

That’s when the driver, who Local 10 News identified as 51-year-old Christopher Bernadel, fatally shot McGlashan.

Police called McGlashan the aggressor after Bernadel claimed self-defense.

McGlashan has no criminal record and his family does not believe he was the aggressor.

The teen could never tell police his side of the story because after 71 days in the ICU on life support, he died.

Bernadel has not been charged in the shooting.

McGlashan’s family says he was not the fighting type and want accountability for his death.

Family attorney David Kubiliun said the teen was shot in the back and the bullet exited his chest.

He is asking police at the State Attorney’s office when a charging decision will be made.

“Right now we are waiting on the Hollywood Police Department and the State Attorney’s office to make a decision on if they are going to file charges,” he said.

McGlashan’s mother is anxiously waiting on that decision.

“I feel that Uber, not only Uber, but the driver has to be held accountable,” she said.

A friend who got a tattoo of two “M’s” in honor of Miles’ initials, told Local 10 News that he thinks about him every day.

“I really grew a bond with him and I went to college and didn’t get to see him as much,” he said. “Once I heard this, it was really hard for me to find out and I thought of a way I could remember him every day.”

Hollywood police said detectives will take what they have and present it to the State Attorney’s office.

Vigil held for Miles McGlashan (WPLG)

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Bridgette Matter joined the Local 10 News team as a reporter in July 2021. Before moving to South Florida, she began her career in South Bend, Indiana and spent six years in Jacksonville as a reporter and weekend anchor.