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One teenager dead, one hurt after double shooting in North Miami

Two teenagers were shot over Thanksgiving weekend, leaving a 16-year-old dead and another recovering from two gunshot wounds.

North Miami police have arrested Athanel J. Louis, 23, in connection with the 7:36 p.m. shooting that took place Friday at Center Court Apartments, 14895 NE 18th Ave. According to police spokesman Maj. Neal Cuevas, police were led to Louis after questioning witnesses at the North Miami police station.

“Whether they lived there or just visiting I couldn’t tell you, but they were there,” Cuevas said Monday.

Police took Louis to Miami-Dade County jail facing charges of first-degree murder and premeditated attempted murder.

Killed was Barner Jean Pierre, who was transported to Ryder Trauma Center where he died.

The other victim, whose name was not released, was recovering from his wounds. Cuevas was not sure of the second victim’s exact age but said he was also a teenager.

Louis was charged in September 2008 with felony possession of burglary tools. The charges were dropped in October 2008.

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