New surveillance videotape provides more clues about a young gunman who took the life of a father who was waiting for a bus to go to work.
Lead detective Confesor Gonzalez said “this gunman is totally ruthless and we need to get him off the street before he hurts anyone else.”
The tape became available three weeks after 49-year-old Elites Morin, a father of two, was shot and killed at 5:30 in the morning while waiting for a bus to take him to work at Miami International Airport. He was taking the bus because his car had broken down.
Police had released a composite sketch of the gunman and while they have received some tips but Gonzalez said he hoped the new tape would generate some leads.
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The surveillance tape that was obtained from a business near the bus stop shows the young killer calmly and almost nonchalantly walking away from the scene of the crime. It is moments after the incident happened.
“He’s wearing a grey hoodie and baggy shorts and high top sneakers and he frequents the area where the crime happened on Northeast 2nd Avenue at 78th Street,” said Gonzalez.
“Clearly this person was out do something illegal as he was wearing a hoodie to conceal his face,” said Gonzalez. “The hoodie has distinctive writing on it.”
“I still stand by the original description of the gunman as being a black male, about five feet eight inches tall, in his early 20s,” said Gonzalez.
“We believe, from speaking with witnesses, that he in his comfort zone in the area, may live near where this crime happened and may have family nearby,” said Gonzalez. “We hope that someone will recognize him and give us a call and help us out.”
“This victim was a hard working man and was taking the bus because his car had broken down,” said Gonzalez. “He just wanted to go to work to make an honest living and some thug out there tried to rob him and took his life. And the gunman got away with nothing. The victim may have put up a fight and the gunman may have panicked and shot him.”
Ironically, Morin had done volunteer work to try to keep Miami safer when he was with the police department’s Citizens on Patrol.
Morin is survived by his son and an 11-year-old daughter and a wife, who lives in Haiti.
Three weeks ago, his son, Larisner Morin, pleaded with the public to help.
“Please, he just wanted to go to work and help my little sister,” said the victim’s son. “Please help us out. He helped people and he knew a lot of people in the community.”
At the time, Gonzalez, who’s been a detective for more than 30 years, said he found the crime particularly disturbing.
“I ask anyone out there with a heart to help us,” said Gonzalez.
He said anyone with information should call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at (305) 471-tips (8477) or the Miami Police homicide unit at (305) 603-6350.