MIAMI – Detectives are asking for the public’s help Thursday in locating a murder suspect after a homeless man and woman were fatally shot in two separate incidents in northwest Miami-Dade.
In the first incident, Miami police officers said they responded around 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 5. to the 1700 block of Northwest 28th Street in reference to a shot spotter alert.
Upon arrival, police said 60-year-old Marie Lousirna Noel was located lying in a grassy area suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.
City of Miami Fire Rescue responded to administer lifesaving efforts, but Noel was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
In the second incident, police said 61-year-old Bradley Griffith was killed while sleeping under a tree near the intersection of Northwest 38th Street and 22nd Avenue on the morning of Jan. 10.
Detectives announced Thursday that they believe both shootings are connected.
The suspect is described as a white Hispanic man between 20 and 30 years old, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10 with a medium build, dark hair and a goatee.
Authorities said he was last seen wearing a purple tie-dye t-shirt, purple camouflage shorts and black sneakers with a watch on his right hand.
Ron Book, Chair of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, released the following statement Friday in regard to the safety of the homeless, which you can read below.
“There is no more heinous crime than bringing harm to any of the most vulnerable members of our community. All of us have an obligation to step up and protect people experiencing homelessness, and, in situations like this, we must help bring the person who committed this horrible crime to justice. The Homeless Trust applauds the commitment of City of Miami Police, The Miami Dade County Police Department and Miami-Dade County State Attorney Kathy Fernandez Rundle who continue to treat these cases as priorities,” he said.
Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers is offering up to $9,500 for information that leads to an arrest.
Anyone with information regarding the above homicide is requested to contact Miami-Dade Police Department Homicide Detective M. Ginoris at 305- 471-2400 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477
Detectives from the @miamipd and the #MDPD need your help to identify/ locate the individual seen in this video, who is responsible for the murder of Marie Noel & Bradley Griffith. Anyone with information is urged to contact @crimestopper305 immediately!— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) May 25, 2023
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