Gunshots and a limo crash leave a 23-year-old father dead before dawn

The Instagram post of 305 Elite Concierge after driver John Etienne Oscar was killed Saturday morning
The Instagram post of 305 Elite Concierge after driver John Etienne Oscar was killed Saturday morning Instagram

In the darkness of Saturday’s predawn, a 23-year-old father was killed on Northwest 151st Street, Miami Gardens police say.

And cops want help finding who fired the shots that led to North Miami-Dade resident John Etienne Oscar’s death.

According to Miami Gardens police, Oscar was rolling west in the 3000 block of Northwest 151st Street in a black party bus-style vehicle around 5:25 a.m. when he crashed after being shot. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue pronounced him dead on the scene.

The vehicle belonged to 305 Elite Concierge, a limousine-car service company run by Rashawn Welch. Welch posted an impassioned video to the company’s Instagram account in Sunday’s early hours:

“Somebody took my best friend tonight. That’s my man, hard working dude. Man had a little 2-year-old girl. Y’all know that man had a child. I pray for his family. His mother cried and cried and cried. If you were there to see that, you’d know that when you take somebody’s life away, you’ve got to think about these things. We’re all black folks and we keep taking each other’s lives daily. That’s your brother. How can you hate somebody so much that you have the nerve to do something like that?”

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Anyone with information on this shooting can call Miami Gardens police at 305-474-6473. Those who wish to remain anonymous but possibly be eligible for a reward can contact Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477); via text at 274637 with “CSMD” and the tip; or by going to

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