Detectives search for evidence of teenage boy’s murder at public park in Miami-Dade

Slain teen was Horace Mann Middle School student

MIAMI – A killer is on the run and a family is grieving after the murder of a 15-year-old boy in Miami-Dade County.

A police dog searched for evidence at the Soar Park, at 100 NW 83 St., near the crime scene, on Thursday afternoon, in northeastern Miami-Dade.

The park is near where Barry Ellis, who was inside a home, was shot at about 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, in the West Little River neighborhood.

Barry Ellis died on Wednesday after he was shot in the torso in Miami-Dade County, police said. (Courtesy photo)

Barry, an eighth-grade student at Horace Mann Middle School in El Portal, was among a group of guests in the home at the Miami Soar mobile home park, relatives said.

The killer was outside of the home when Barry was shot in the upper torso, according to Detective Angel Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Witnesses told police officers they saw Barry walk outside of the home and suddenly collapse, so their priority became to rush him to a hospital as fast as possible.

A 15-year-old boy stumbled out of a mobile home at the Miami Soar mobile home park and collapsed after a shooting on Wednesday in northeastern Miami-Dade County's West Little River neighborhood. (Copyright 2023 by WPLG - All rights reserved.)

The witnesses who were with Barry in a black car surrendered him to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel who took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where he died.

Barry’s mother told Local 10 News on Wednesday night, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation, that she “was devastated” and “very hurt.”

A fearful Miami Soar mobile home park resident later told Local 10 News, also speaking on condition of anonymity, that the West Little River area just isn’t safe — because criminals aim to “terrorize” the residents.

Witnesses who were trying to take a wounded 15-year-old boy to the hospital in a black car surrendered him to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue on Wednesday, police said. (Copyright 2023 by WPLG - All rights reserved.)

Detectives were asking anyone with information about the case to call Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 to remain anonymous.


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