Bradley Holt was so concerned about a group of children playing in front of an Allapattah apartment complex on Thursday night that he approached a yellow Ford Mustang circling suspiciously nearby, police said.
A few minutes after he yelled at the man, the driver returned and fired a bullet that struck Holt, 24, in the head, killing him.
Though the killing took place at around 6 p.m., Miami police did not release Holt’s name until later Friday morning after notifying family members, they said.
Police called him a Good Samaritan and said he was looking out for the well-being of the children when his life was taken.
Holt “shouted at the persons inside the vehicle in order to protect them [the children],” police said. The shooting took place at 3293 NW 11th Ct. in Allapattah.
Police said several people, including many kids, were gathered in front of the apartment when Holt noticed the Mustang “driving erratically.”
Witnesses told Miami Herald news partner CBS 4 that the man driving the yellow Mustang is often seen driving dangerously throughout the neighborhood. They said he was doing figure eights and skidding the vehicle on Thursday when Holt began yelling at him.
They said the driver sped away, then returned and opened fire, striking and killing Holt.
“All he asked was, ‘Why you all driving so crazy with so many kids out here?’ And about 15 to 20 minutes later, the guy came and shot him. He tried to get away and that was it,” Holt’s sister Shanay Flowers told CBS 4.
After being shot, Holt was taken by ambulance to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
On Friday morning, an impromptu vigil was set up in front of the apartment not far from where Holt was gunned down.
Holt is the half-brother of former Jackson High star and starting University of South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers. Flowers will remain with the team and play against Southern Methodist University on Saturday, according to a school statement issued on Friday.
“Our immediate concern is for Quinton’s well-being and for that of his family,” the statement read. “We will first and foremost support Quinton and help him cope with this tragic occurrence.”
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Flowers issued a statement on Facebook reading: “It’s crazy how when things go good for me but a blood member have to get took away. R.I.P. BIG BRA BRAD Playing for you this week.”
Police are still looking for the yellow Mustang and its driver. Anyone with information should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or Miami police at 305-603-6250.