The family of a Keiser University nursing student killed in an early morning home invasion asked the community for help in finding her killers.
Guerline Noel’s mother, sister and husband said they will not be at peace until the two suspects are caught.
“It’s very tough,” Noel’s husband, Clauvens Cenor, told Miami Herald news partner CBS4. “The family is going through a tough time right now. It would really mean a lot to me if this could be solved. It’s never going to go away without an arrest.”
North Miami Beach police released composite sketches of the two suspects who they said are between the ages of 20 and 25. One was described as roughly 5 feet 9 inches tall with a stocky or muscular build and full beard and mustache. The second suspect is described as around 6 feet tall with a thin or medium build and mustache and goatee.
Police also say that both suspects were wearing black clothing and black skull caps.
“What I’d like to say is we’d like to see justice for my sister,” a sobbing Shedeline Noel to CBS4. “She meant a lot to me. She meant everything to me.”
Around 12:39 a.m. Thursday, Noel, 29, went outside the family’s North Miami Beach home at Northeast Second Avenue and 175th Terrace to sit in a car to study because her 3-year-old son was “fussy.” Two armed suspects showed up, forcing her inside. The family was herded into the bathroom while the robbers searched the home, according to police.
Cenor said he jumped out of a bathroom window to go for help. Noel’s mother and sister followed, but Noel could not make it out before the gunmen unleashed a dozen rounds of bullets. Her son, who she was holding in her arms, was unharmed.
“She was a hero,” detective Cora Mann said to CBS4. “She sacrificed herself so she could save her family. Now we hope that someone will come forward and give this family closure. Maybe someone heard someone talking about this or saw something and can help.”
Police are still searching for a motive and trying to figure out whether the family was targeted. Cenor told CBS4 that the robbers may have been motivated by seeing two Porsches outside the home.
“All I can say is this could have been your family,” Cenor said. “This could have been you. I just hope the detectives can catch whoever did this. She was a very good mother. She was very good to the family.”
Police are asking that if anyone has information, or recognize the two men in the composite sketches, to call North Miami Beach Police at 305-662-7654 or Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).
Miami Herald news partner WFOR CBS4 contributed to this report.