Family of slain Hurricanes player pleads for help

DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) - The family of a slain University of Miami football player is pleading to the community for help.

On Tuesday morning, just after 10 a.m., the family of former Hurricane Bryan Pata asked the public for help in identifying the person or persons responsible for Pata’s 2006 murder.

Pata’s mother, Jeanette, was seen holding a magazine with her son on the cover, crying as she held a news conference at the Miami-Dade Police Department. “I have to pray,” she said. “I say, ‘God, I am in your hands. One day, you’re going to find me the answer for my son.'”

Jeanette added, “This just hurts. This hurts.”

Edrick Pata, Bryan’s brother, said, “We can’t bring Bryan back. Of course we can’t. We just need closure.”

The murder, according to police, took place on Nov. 7, 2006. Pata was shot and killed after football practice in the parking lot of his apartment complex, located at 9315 S.W. 77th Ave., in Kendall.

“Maybe now, 10 years later, somebody who might have information might be an adult now, with a family,” said Miami-Dade Detective Michael Dominguez. “Maybe they’ll do the right thing and make that one phone call we need.”

If you have any information on this murder, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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