Gunfire tore apart a family in Little Haiti, leaving two teenage brothers dead and two of their friends in the hospital.
Late Tuesday, police were still looking for the shooter who opened fire just before midnight Monday behind a home at 134 NE 68th Ter.
Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said investigators believe that whoever shot the teens was part of the group that had been hanging out Monday evening.
Police identified the victims who were killed as Mackenson Pierre, 17, and Yves Sylvester, 15.
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Jean Zamor, whose girlfriend is the mother of the dead teens, said he was coming home Monday night when one of the wounded teens ran toward him.
“I said, ‘What happened?’” Zamor said. “He said, ‘Go to the house.’ I saw behind him was a lot of blood.”
Zamor got to the house and found Mackenson and Yves, whom he considers his stepsons, fatally shot. One died at the scene; the other was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Both of the wounded teens were at Jackson in critical but stable condition, Reyes said.
The group had been in a covered driveway area that housed a giant TV and plastic lounge chairs. Zamor said he set that up for the teens because they liked to watch television and play video games there.
“We just finished cooking for them” before stepping out of the house Monday night, he said Tuesday morning. “The food is still on the stove.”
The boys’ mother was also in the hospital early Tuesday, overcome by the loss of her sons, Zamor said.
A woman who identified herself as Monica Brown, 18, said she is Mackenson Pierre’s girlfriend. She talked to him on the phone Monday night and said he didn’t seem worried that any trouble was ahead.
“He told me he was going to call me back because somebody came to holler at him,” she said. “Then he told me he loved me and bye.”
A neighbor of the teens, James Denestan, said they rode dirt bikes and ATVs outside frequently. Denestan’s mother called police recently because of the noise. Police could not provide information about past calls to the home.
A few months ago, Denestan said exotic cars started pulling up outside the teens’ home. Denestan said he and his brother were concerned that trouble would follow.
“We would look at each other and say it’s a matter of time,” Denestan said.