Father known as ‘Bubba’ killed at his business in Miami’s Liberty City

Police officers close 2 businesses during murder investigation

MIAMI – A father died in one of his businesses after a shooting on Tuesday in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood, police said.

Detectives identified the murder victim as Nader Aweidah, who celebrated his 46th birthday in November, according to Officer Kiara Delva, a spokeswoman for the Miami Police Department.

“The victim was well known in the community,” Delva said.

Fire rescue personnel and police officers found Aweidah, also known as “Bubba,” dead at the Perfect Auto Paint & Body Shop, in the area of Northwest Seventh Avenue and 75th Street, also known as Miami’s Model City.

“He was an extraordinary person,” said body shop employee Richard Rios. “He had a heart of gold and he would take the shirt off his back for anyone.”

Rios told Local 10 News that Aweidah was killed inside his office, possibly during a disagreement with a customer.

“They screamed at me to call the police, and that’s all,” he said.

Rios said he was in the paint room when the shooting happened.

“They were trying to revive him but I saw when I walked by the office he was out of it, he was gone,” said Rios.

The body shop and the neighboring corner Bubba’s Supermarket, which records show Aweidah also owned, closed for over five hours after the shooting.

“He is just a great guy, heart of gold,” said Elias Dammous, who said Aweidah was a friend who regularly helped others.

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

Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Frine Gomez contributed to this report.


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