Marquise L. Warren, a promising young basketball player, was killed by a bullet outside his home around midnight on Wednesday.
Warren, 20, was shot outside his home near NE 147th Street and NE 13th Avenue. CBS4 reported that Warren’s family heard the shot when Warren was taking out the trash, then found him crawling into their home bleeding from a gunshot wound to the leg. Warren was a 2014 Miami Beach Senior High School basketball player, according to CBS4.
According to the victim’s family friend, Joy Cooper, Warren hoped to play basketball professionally.
“He was a very special young man,” Cooper told CBS4. “His passion was basketball, that’s all he cared about, basketball and going off to college and going to the NBA — and someone stole his dream from him.”
Warren’s basketball coach Jacob Shaw says Warren had the potential to play in the NBA.
“Every kid has a shot at making it to the NBA with his work ethic and talent and skills,” Shaw told CBS4. “He could have made it to the NBA or overseas. His talent was a lot higher than a lot of kids in Dade County.”
According to Cooper and Shaw, Warren was not in trouble or a violent person.
“He was not about violence at all. He was about sports, school, sports, and school,” Cooper told CBS4.
“I think it was random or mistaken identity,” Shaw said.
MDPD asks anyone who may have information about Warren’s murder to call Crimestoppers at 305-471-8477. Any tipsters who lead to the shooter’s arrest may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.