A distraught mother said Wednesday that she will always remember waking up to her son’s shouts for help and then seeing his bloody body on the ground after he was shot.
Marta Amores said her son Carlos Amores, 48, used to always leave their Flagami home, 1132 NW 34th Ave., about 2 a.m. to go to work. She said he worked lifting pallets at a warehouse in Pompano Beach.
On Tuesday morning, he was in front of the home drinking Cuban coffee and smoking a menthol cigarette when he was shot several times in the chest.
“He didn’t like to smoke in his car, so he smoked outside before leaving to work,” said his aunt Barbara Echavarria, who last saw him on Friday. “He didn’t deserve to be killed like that. He was a hard working man. He was a good man.” .
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Shouts for help awoke his mom at 2:11 a.m. When she opened the door, she saw him on the ground. There were signs of struggle and his cellphone was gone.
“May be they were going to try to steal his car. I don’t know,” Marta Amores said in Spanish. “Please, if anyone knows anything, please, please come forward.”
Rescue took Carlos Amores to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died.
He was a father to a 10-year-old boy named after him and to three young adults ages 21, 24 and 27 who live in Cuba. He had seen them twice after he moved to Miami in 1994.
Police said his room was covered in pictures of his children.
At the Miami police station Wednesday, Marta’s hands were shaking as she held up a photo of her son.
“He was beautiful. Wasn’t he? Whoever killed him needs to pay,” she said through tears.
His father, Rene Rogue, 71, said his son did not owe any one any money, didn’t do drugs and never had any brushes with the law.
He was a hard worker and got his first job at 17.
“He had recently changed his cellphone number,” Rogue said. The family thinks he did it to save money, and because he said some one was “bothering him.”
Amores didn’t have any close friends. He had three pet pigeons he kept in the back of the home. He was quiet and reserved.
“The victim was a man of habit ... he was deeply involved with his family,” Miami Detective Eldys Diaz said. “This was not an anonymous father. He was not an absentee son.”
To police, the case remains a “puzzle” and a “big mystery.” Miami Cmdr. Winsor Lozano, who covers the area of West Flagler known as Flagami, said this was the first homicide this year in a neighborhood that saw a 6.3 percent drop in crime. He doesn’t think the tragedy is related to any gang activity.
Miami police also are trying to solve two other homicides over the last two days: the shooting deaths of a local rapper at a car wash and a chef waiting for his ride to work on a patio chair.
“This is a case that moves us all very deeply. ... No mother should suffer like this,” Lozano said of Amores’ death.
His eyes were teary as he watched the family plea for the public’s help.
“We will find him,” Lozano promised Echavarria as she left the police department.
Anyone with information is asked to Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.