Despite a growing population, dozens of popular restaurants and bars, and a thriving business community near major highways, there had been only one murder in Doral’s 14-year history, police said.
Now, there are two.
Theodore Brown, 25, was found dead early Tuesday on the fourth-floor hallway of the Courtyard Miami Airport West Marriott on Northwest 79th Avenue and 39th Street. Miami-Dade police said Brown, a native of Bowie, Maryland, was a guest at the hotel with a co-worker.
The co-worker told police he saw Brown retire to their room earlier Monday evening. When he returned later, he found Brown lying in a pool of blood as soon as he stepped off the elevator.
Brown is the first person to be murdered in the city of 50,000 since a domestic dispute claimed a life nine years ago — which also happened to be the inaugural year of the Doral Police Department.
“I can’t remember the details. But it was a domestic call and it was handed over to the county, who handles homicides,” said Doral Police Capt. Carlos Arango.
Like the killing almost a decade ago, the one this week is also being investigated by Miami-Dade police. Doral does not have a homicide unit.
“He was on the ground and there was a lot of blood,” Arango said. “It was a deceased person and the circumstances led us to believe it was a homicide. We passed it on to the county.”
Later Tuesday morning, Miami-Dade police were seen carting away potential evidence from the hotel, which requires magnetic cards for entry. One witness who spoke to Miami Herald news partner CBS4 said her dog barked and woke her up around the time of the killing, but she was a floor below where it happened.
Brown was a tourist in town who attended last weekend’s Jazz in the Gardens concert in Miami Gardens, CBS4 reported.
Anyone with information should contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
Herald staff writer Joey Flechas contributed to this report.