Miami police looking for gunmen in shootings that killed 2 children

2 kids injured, 2 killed in 3 separate shooting in Miami this week

By Terrell Forney - Reporter, Andrew Perez - Reporter

MIAMI - Miami police are making a plea to the public for information leading to the arrest of the gunmen responsible for three shootings that killed two children this week.

Two other children were injured in the Tuesday shootings.

The children's loved ones and community members gathered at the St. Agnes Episcopal church in Miami Thursday evening for a walk in memory of the victims.

The chief of Miami police and other officers were also be in attendance, handing out fliers that show the faces of Marlon Eason, 10, and Richard Hallman, 16. The boys were killed hours apart in separate shooting. The fliers detail each of the shootings in an attempt to drum up any potential leads.

According to police, Richard was shot in the 2000 block of Northwest 18th Terrace. Two hours later, Marlon was shot in the head while playing baseball in the 1900 block of Northwest Fourth Court. Police believe it was a drive by.

"He is a coward. How can you come and violate someone like that at their house," said Liz Ruffin, Marlon's mother. "You came and took my baby's life at his house."

One of the injured children remains in the hospital in critical condition while a 16-year-old who was shot in the leg has been sent home.

Police describe their investigation as ongoing and said they don't have any big breaks yet.

Miami police, Chief Rodolfo Llanes and community members will gather again at 6:30 p.m. Friday at La Milagrosa, at 1860 Northwest 18th Terrace. Police said the group will hand out fliers in an effort to gather information about the shootings.

Anyone who knows anything about the shootings is asked to call Miami police's Homicide Unit at 305-603-6350. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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