Police identify victim in a deadly drive-by shooting

Michael Mathis
Michael Mathis

The first of two young men in their 20s fatally shot in Miami Gardens over the weekend has been identified by police as Michael Mathis.

Mathis, 21, died after a drive-by shooting in the 3600 block of Northwest 191st Street at 10:25 a.m. Saturday. Just 14 hours later, about an hour into Father's Day, Thristan Hanson, 24, was killed near his father's home.

"We are committed to the City of Miami Gardens community and are proactively seeking ways to cease this senseless gun violence. We will not stop our efforts, but instead increase our efforts," Miami Gardens police chief Delma Noel-Pratt said in an e-mailed statement. "There are no words that can take away the pain that the affected families must feel at this time. My heart goes out to the families and the community."

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Anyone with information on Mathis' shooting should call Miami Gardens police Detective Pacheco at 305-474-1583 or 954-770-4856. Those wishing to remain anonymous, but perhaps become eligible for a reward, can contact Miami Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477); by text at 274637 with "CSMD" and the tip; or by the Miami Crime Stoppers website.