HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have arrested two teens in connection to the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy in Homestead.
Police arrested 16-year-old Eddy Moore and 15-year-old Keyondric Daniels, charging them with second-degree murder.
According to an arrest affidavit for the teens, the two went to Blakey Park on Southwest 14th Avenue, Sunday evening, with the “intent of shooting rival gang members.”
Investigators said the teens approached the victim, Javatious Williams, and exchanged words.
Williams stood up, and that’s when, investigators said, the two teens opened fire before taking off. Williams died at the scene.
“It’s shocking as a community. It’s shocking as a parent, as a law enforcement agency, to see a 15 and a 16-year-old once again take the life of a 17-year-old with gun violence,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. “You ask yourself what could be so important, what could be so big that it takes the action of taking somebody else’s life.”
Upon their arrest, police said the teens confessed to shooting at the victim.
A growing memorial with stuffed animals and balloons was set up in the park where Williams died. Almost 100 people, including police and county officials, surrounded his grieving family and called for an end to the violence.
“This baby gotta come in the world without her daddy now. That’s not right,” said family friend Kamesha King. “His mama gotta go through burying her child. That’s not right. He’s supposed to be graduating. That’s not right.”
While Moore and Daniels wait for their day in court, members of the community have continued to call for change.
“This is a bigger problem than one shooting. There is still more information out there,” said a speaker at the memorial.
“See something, say something. Don’t be afraid because it could be us today and you tomorrow,” said a family member.
The investigation into the fatal shooting remains ongoing.
If you have any information on this 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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