Dennis Lee Shelby, 15, seated in the back seat of black, four-door Kia, rolled down his driver’s side window, took aim, and gunned down Rahkeem Brown, 16, who was walking along side the car with two friends, police said.
The friends dove for cover behind mailboxes at the South Miami-Dade apartment complex. The car circled back around. Brown fired again, striking Tayvontae Robinson, 16, in the buttocks.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported the three from the complex at Southwest 280th Street and 141st Avenue to Kendall Regional Medical Center around 7 p.m. Sunday night, where Brown was pronounced dead.
Monday night, Shelby turned himself in to Florida City police. He’s been charged with first-degree murder and premeditated attempted first-degree murder.
“The defendant was positively identified as the shooter,” by one of the victims, Miami-Dade police said in the arrest affidavit. Shelby and Robinson both live in Florida City.
Brown’s mother, distraught while visiting a memorial near where the shooting took place, was kept from collapsing by family members. Brown’s sister Kiki Clark told Miami Herald news partner CBS 4 that her mother was having a tough time dealing with her son’s death.
“We never were prepared for nothing like this ’cause he wasn’t like that,” Clark said of her brother.
Police are looking into whether Brown’s death was in retaliation for a Saturday night incident in Florida City that left a young high school girl dead and two others wounded.
“It’s too soon to tell, and hard to say at this point,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. He said investigators need time to study forensics and gather witness accounts.
At just past 10 p.m. Saturday, Noricia Talabert, 17, Deanna Clayton, 17, and Daquantay Allen, also 17, were seated in a red Nissan Sentra near a vacant lot at 1228 NW Eighth Ct., in Florida City - about five miles away from the other crime scene - when they were “ambushed by unknown subjects in another vehicle,” according to police.
Talabert managed to steer the car through the vacant lot before it crashed into a tree and came to a stop. Still, the South Dade High School student who wanted to be a nurse, lost her life. Clayton and Allen were taken to Kendall Regional. They are expected to survive.
Like Brown’s mother, Talabert’s mom was having trouble coping with her daughter’s death.
“I miss my baby. I miss my baby. It’s so lonely in this house without her,” Talabert’s mother Regina Talabert told CBS4.
Late Monday night another Florida City man lost his life to gunfire. Police said Renaldo Clayton, 32, who worked on a road crew for the city, was shot dead inside his home at 1635 NW First Ave. A family member said when Clayton returned home, someone was waiting for him inside, and shot him.
The father of a young child was described as a family man with ties to the local church. Though his last name matched one of the earlier teenage shooting victim’s, police hadn’t said as of late Tuesday whether the two were related.
The shooting deaths of the two teens once again moved Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Albert Carvalho to express his disgust at the toll gun violence is taking on the region’s youth, on Twitter.
“We cannot allow callous and cowardly acts of gun violence to continue robbing us of our children,” he wrote. “Something must be done. #EnoughIsEnough”