Miami-Dade police are investigating the death of a man killed during an apparent armed robbery early Thursday.
Police responding to reports of gunfire around 4 a.m. in the area of Northwest Fifth Avenue and 77th Terrace found 26-year-old Jamal Jones.
He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Investigators suspect Jones was the subject of a robbery. But Jones’ mother, Shanay Hall, said her son was gay and she thinks he was targeted and that this was a hate crime.
“This was my only child,” Hall said. “He was a good boy. Jamal was the clown of the family.”
If it was a robbery, Smith said she doesn’t understand why the person had to kill her cousin, said Edwina Smith.
“If you rob him and you took something, just let him go. Why shoot him and leave him in bushes like he’s a piece of trash,” she said.
Investigators say it’s still unclear what Jones was doing at the time he was killed.
Hall had a message for whoever is responsible for her son’s death.
“I want vengeance,” she said.
Court records show Jones has had several run ins with the law–including criminal mischief and loitering but investigators.
Anyone with information’s is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.