Crime

Metrorail guard, shot earlier this week, dies

Keith L. Cox
Keith L. Cox MIAMI-DADE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Keith Cox, the Metrorail station security guard who was shot last week by an unidentified gunman, died early Saturday after being taken off life support at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Cox was shot Tuesday night while working as a security guard at the Plaza Metrorail Station, 6205 NW 27th Ave. He was taken off life support early Saturday after spending three days in a coma. He had been on life support since the shooting.

Cox was an employee of 50 State Security, a local security firm where he had worked for the past five years. He served eight years with the U.S. Air Force and was injured in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991. His daughter, Latajna Gill, who lives in England, told the Miami Herald that Cox was going to be a grandfather for the second time.

“The cowards who have perpetrated this senseless crime have taken his life,” Cox’s brother Kevin Cox said Friday, family members by his side at Miami-Dade police headquarters in Doral. “We just want justice for my brother.”

The shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said that a witness reported seeing a male running away from the scene and entering a dark-colored vehicle, which fled eastbound on Northwest 64th Street. The shooting is under investigation.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” Miami-Dade Police said in a statement. “Investigators continue to urge the community to contact Crimestoppers with any information pertaining to this case.”

The phone number for Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers is (305) 471-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-866-471-8477

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