Reward up to $7,000 for information about woman’s shooting last year on I-95
MIAMI, Fla. – A $7,000 reward to help find the person responsible for a woman’s death a year ago was announced Wednesday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Gonzalez was shot on Jan. 3 while driving south on I-95, near the 79th Street exit in the West Little River neighborhood. FDOT tells Local 10 News’ Christina Vazquez the live real-time traffic monitoring cameras help first responders with situational awareness. Miami Crimestoppers is offering $5,000 towards the $7,000 reward, while Nunez has added $2,000. She is begging someone to come forward with information to help police solve her daughter’s case.
2 drivers shot at on I-95 Friday morning in separate incidents, FHP investigating
Two cars with bullet holes and two drivers on Interstate 95, both happening around 11 a.m. Friday, and FHP said there were about 12 shots fired. It started in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 when a driver called police to tell them he needed help because someone shot out his back window. FHP arrived to the scene where the SUV driver had pulled over, near Exit 11, the Northwest 151st Street exit. We counted at least 7 bullet holes in the Dodge Challenger. Police still continue to search for clues and suspects in the random killing of Melissa Gonzalez, who was shot Jan. 3 while driving on Interstate 95.
MCS alumni, Class of 2020 members update college status
During the summer the Miami Christian’s graduating seniors received multiple scholarship offers while the school also received updates on activities of alumni. One such update came from Andrea Sinclair, Salutatorian of the Miami Christian School Class of 2014. She was offered scholarships and excelled as a leader serving as president of the Beta Club, vice president of the senior class, and Secretary of the National Honor Society. She received the Presidential Service Award for her community volunteerism and received the Wendy Heisman MCS Female Athlete of the Year Award her senior year. Gonzalez was the president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Beta Club and vice president of the Senior Class.communitynewspapers.com
7 months after random shooting on I-95, family seeks justice in 22-year-olds killing
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. Behind the face mask is the pain of a grieving mother, crying over her daughters grave. It's the reality today for Sheila Nunez, seven months after Melissa Gonzalez was killed by a stray bullet while driving south on Interstate 95. For her Melissa Gonzalez, her mother said. Police have circulated this surveillance image of a dark colored car that they hope might lead them to whoever shot Melissa Gonzalez. (WPLG)Police have circulated a surveillance camera image of a dark colored, four-door car with dark rims, as a possible vehicle of interest.
$5,000 reward offered for information in girl’s fatal shooting on I-95
Nunez said the killer cut Gonzalez’s dreams of going to law school short. She had recently graduated from Florida International University, and she was preparing to take the Law School Admission Test. Miami-Dade detectives released a surveillance video image showing a car they believe is related to the fatal shooting. Detectives released surveillance image of the vehicle that was linked to the Jan. 3 fatal shooting on I-95 in Miami-Dade County. (Local 10 News)Nunez is asking anyone with information about her daughter’s murder to call Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
Funeral held for woman fatally shot on I-95
HIALEAH, Fla. – A funeral was held Thursday for a young woman who was fatally shot two weeks ago on Interstate 95. Police said Melissa Gonzalez, 22, was shot Jan. 3 while driving in the southbound lanes of I-95 near the 79th Street exit. “Please, you know what you have to do,” Gonzalez’s uncle, Justo Nunez, said of whoever is responsible for the shooting. Her father arrived from Cuba earlier this week to join her mother and family as they say their goodbyes while still seeking justice. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
Man discusses hearing gunshots same night woman killed while driving on I-95
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A man that heard gunfire at the same time a young woman was shot and killed on Interstate 95 is discussing what happened that night. Melissa Gonzalez, 22, was killed earlier this month while driving on I-95 in West Little River. The man who heard the gunfire does not want to be identified because he fears whoever killed Gonzalez could go after him too. He told Local 10 News he was standing in a parking lot near the highway when he heard a series of rapid-fire gunshots. The man said he dropped to the ground as soon as the bullets went flying on the night of Jan. 3.
Mother of young woman killed in I-95 shooting devastated, wants justice
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Melissa Gonzalez, 22, was shot Friday night while driving south on I-95, near the 79th Street exit in the West Little River neighborhood. Gonzalez’s boyfriend, identified by troopers as Julian Veliz Cortina, 26, was also in the car and heard a gunshot. Monday, Gonzalez’s mother, Sheilla Nunez, expressed her extreme grief after losing her daughter, who she brought to South Florida from Cuba at age four. Speaking Monday, Nunez thanked Senator Marco Rubio for helping attempt to bring Gonzalez’s father from Cuba to lay his daughter to rest. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs, which can be found here.