Miami Gardens - Opa-locka

Supporters plant tree in memory of slain girl

A year after 12-year-old Miami Gardens girl was shot and killed in her grandmother’s home, about 100 people gathered in her memory and to support her family as police continue to search for her killer.

The family and friends of Tequila Forshee gathered Aug. 14 at Dr. Lester Brown Park, 19405 NW 32nd Ave., dressed in yellow shirts adorned with her face and the question “Who’s Next?” Tequila was killed in August 2013 as she was getting her hair braided and preparing to start the seventh at Carol City Middle School.

Her family has received an outpouring of support and her death brought attention to the problem of gangs and violence in the community. Tequila’s aunt, Chanae said that support continues to comfort the family even as the case remains unsolved.

“As much as it hurts me, as much as it’s been something that’s difficult to get over and to get through, advocacy and being able to give back to the community has been able to put us through at this point,” Forshee said.

Her father, Glenn, who has been vocal and the face of advocating for his slain daughter, thanked the community and talked about how Tequila loved to eat sunflower seeds and spit the shells everywhere. He encouraged the dozens of children gathered to look to Tequila as an example.

“That faith and courage she had, we want that to live through you guys,” Glenn Forshee said.

The city planted a tree at the park in Tequila’s memory and the family said they hope it will serve as a constant reminder of her life.

“I know this is helpful for her siblings, who have to still walk on this same park,” Chanae Forshee said. “To see that their sister is not lost, their sister is not forgotten.”

Miami Gardens police spokesman Michael Wright said the city hopes to have an event down the line as a part of their unsolved homicide initiative program.

Police continue to urge anyone with information about the case to contact Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477. Any tip that leads to an arrest in the Tequila Forshee case is worth a $30,000 reward.