Family of security guard on life support calls shooting “senseless crime”

Keith L. Cox

Family members — one from as far away as England — were in Miami-Dade Friday, trying to make sense of what seems to be the senseless shooting of a Metrorail security guard.

Keith Cox, 49, who works for 50 States Security, was patroling the Martin Luther King Jr. Metrorail stop in Brownsville Tuesday night, when an unidentified man ran up to him and shot him.

He’s been on life support at Jackson Memorial Hospital since the shooting. But family members said Friday the machines that are keeping Cox alive will be turned off shortly. His organs will be donated to those in need.

“The cowards who have perpetrated this senseless crime have taken his life,” Cox’s brother Kevin Cox said, family members by his side at Miami-Dade police headquarters in Doral. “He’s not going to survive his injuries. We want justice for my brother.”

The shooting Tuesday night at the train station at Northwest 62nd Street and 27th Avenue has so far stumped police, and left Cox’s children and family stunned. Only two weeks ago, the security guard and war veteran took his entire family to Walt Disney World in Orlando.

His background certainly doesn’t indicate he’s had problems in the past that would lead to a shooting, police said. One officer speculated the shooter could have been someone Cox gave a hard time to at the station recently, who returned to get even.

Police don’t have a lot to go on. They’re studying surveillance video from the Metrorail station, but haven’t said if it’s translated to clues about the shooter. One witness told police they saw a man fleeing the scene who jumped into a dark vehicle and headed east on Northwest 64th Street.

Cox served eight years with the U.S. Air Force and was injured in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991. He’s worked with 50 States Security the past five years.

Kevin Cox called his brother a “hard-working giver,” who would hand over his last nickel to someone in need. “He leaves a trail of respect,” Kevin Cox said, his voice cracking. Then, looking around the room Friday, he said, “My brother could be your husband, your child.”

Cox’s daughter Latajna Gill lives in England. She said she’s having trouble coming to terms with the simple things, like no longer being able to message her dad on Facebook.

Gill said her daughter is going to miss her grandfather, then offered this, her voice breaking up like her uncle’s: “He’s going to be a grandfather again, and he doesn’t even know about it.”