Reward increased to $20,000 in fatal South Beach shooting

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - The reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who gunned down a 29-year-old man in South Beach has been increased yet again.

Miami Beach Police announced on Wednesday morning that the victim’s family and Mango’s Cafe have contributed to the combined reward for information leading to the person responsible for killing Kamil Patel.

The total reward now stands at $20,000.

Police are investigating after they found a white Honda at Northwest 12th Avenue, between 34th and 36th streets, Tuesday, that was spotted on surveillance cameras leaving the scene of Patel’s murder.

The Honda belongs to 54-year-old Orestes Marrero, who had been initially reported missing by his family.

However, Miami-Dade Police said, Marrero has since contacted his family and spoke with them. He is now also cooperating in the investigation.

Authorities did take an unnamed subject into custody for questioning on Tuesday but added that he has since been released.

Now, as police investigate Patel’s murder, residents who held a vigil for him, Tuesday, hope that something soon will change.

“It’s extremely rare to have an innocent person shot to death,” said John Deutzman.

“We all are very saddened and feel quite shattered that this happened,” said mourner Julie Isaacson, a Miami Beach resident.

“People are just not going to be visiting here anymore,” said resident David Garanoff. “Word is gonna get out around the country, around the world, that it’s very dangerous, and it’s gonna hurt us terribly.”

If you have any information that can help police, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for the $20,000 reward.

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