Families seek help in finding killers who shot two young men in a car

 

mlamagna@MiamiHerald.com

Joshua “Scooter” Whack, 25, liked to take his younger relatives to the ice cream truck when it stopped by their neighborhood.

Eric “E-Roc” Fussell, 23, studied in aviation school so he could “have a future” fixing airplanes.

The two close friends were shot, along with their dog, while sitting in a parked car at about 1 a.m. Feb. 1.

Their families are asking for the public’s help with the investigation to find the killer.

Relatives gathered Wednesday, wearing T-shirts with pictures of both men.

“If you know anything, please help my heart,” said Carolyn Whack, Joshua’s mother. Anyone “could be sitting in this same chair.”

Whack and Fussell were parked in a Buick Lacrosse at 4102 NW 13th Ave. when they were shot and killed, their car pierced with bullet holes.

Their families said the men weren’t coming or going — just sitting in the car.

Police have not yet identified their shooter, but said they have a vehicle of interest: a newer, light-colored SUV.

The families said Whack and Fussell were extremely close and would hang out together almost every day.

Relatives said there’s no reason to believe they had enemies.

Carolyn Whack said Joshua was “a lovable person.”

“Not two people could say anything bad about my Scooter,” she said, referring to Joshua Whack’s nickname.

Stephanie Symonette, Fussell’s aunt, said she delivered him on the floor of her mother’s home when he was born. Symonette and Fussell’s grandmother raised him after his mother died.

“This was a good child. He had his faults,” Symonette said, “but no child deserves to die.”

Miami police said the families are speaking out now because it is a “feasible” time during the investigation process.

Police Detective Daniel Valladares said after conducting interviews, investigators believe people that might have more information went to the scene shortly after the shooting.

“We need those people to step up” and tell police what they know, he said.

Anyone who is afraid to speak can call CrimeStoppers at 305-471-8477 or 866-471-8477, visit www.crimestoppersmiami.com or send a text message to 274637.

Valladares said anyone with a tip can also call him at his office in the Miami police’s homicide unit.

“You don’t have to give a name,” he said. “Just tell me what you know.”

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