NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Two communities in North Miami Beach are mourning the loss of two men who, police said, were fatally gunned down in unrelated shootings.
A group of friends spent their Sunday in prayer, as they remembered Clifton Cargil just feet from where, investigators said, he was killed.
“We have to give thanks for his life,” said a man.
North Miami Beach Police responded to an alley just north of Northeast 163rd Street, between 19th and 20th avenues, early Sunday morning.
Investigators said a man was murdered. Friends of the victim identified him as Cargil.
“I thought it was a joke, but the more messages I saw, I realized it was real,” said Cofi, a friend of Cargil.
Mourners described the victim as a father, a brother and a passionate bicyclist known for his smile and big heart.
“Just a good guy,” said Cofi. “He made sure everybody was safe. He looked out for everybody.”
But, in the end, it was Cargil who found himself in harm’s way.
Witnesses said Cargil was driving down the alley and was about to park at a bike shop where he had planned to meet his friends for a Sunday ride.
Witnesses said someone jumped out and started shooting.
“I still can’t believe it,” said Cofi.
Cargil’s bicycle was still attached to his vehicle as police towed it away.
Monday afternoon, a woman came to the scene of the shooting, where mourners have left candles.
“We had to come out here just to show our love,” she said. “When I saw it yesterday, it kind of shook me.”
Cargil was found dead less than a mile away from where, police said, shots rang out in the area of Northwest 164th Street and 15th Avenue during the overnight hours.
Friends of the second victim identified him as David Wayland.
Sunday night, loved ones gathered in front of a growing makeshift memorial near the spot where Wayland was shot.
“One of our dear friends, and a real light to this world, was wrongfully murdered here,” said mourner Chase Moss-Pioreck as he held back tears.
“You know, it just breaks my heart,” said Evelyn, a friend of the victim.
Friends of Wayland said he was on his way back from a nearby Walmart when he was shot twice in the head.
“It was a guy who didn’t deserve that. He really didn’t. He wouldn’t hurt anyone,” said Moss-Pioreck. “I’ve never heard him argue with anyone.”
“[He was] just a very peaceful, outgoing, adventurous, happy, joyful guy,” said Evelyn.
The unconnected murders have left many with grief and unanswered questions.
“You just took somebody’s life, and for what?” said Moss-Pioreck.
Now those left reeling by the sudden loss of their loved ones are urging those responsible to surrender to authorities.
“Just turn yourself in. Do something, you know? He didn’t deserve this at all,” said Evelyn.
7News has learned there is surveillance video of the alleyway at the time of Cargil’s shooting. His sister said detectives are following a lead.
If you have any information on either shooting, 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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