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Family of security guard found shot to death makes plea

The family of Presley Francois makes a public plea WEdnesday at the Miami Police Department to help find the security guard’s killer.
The family of Presley Francois makes a public plea WEdnesday at the Miami Police Department to help find the security guard’s killer. Miami Herald Staff

The family of a Miami security guard found shot to death in his car made a public plea for answers on Wednesday.

Police said Presley Francois, a father and grandfather, was sitting in his car Monday night outside the Chez Le Bebe restaurant, 114 NE 54th St., when he was shot and killed. His body was discovered at 11:45 p.m.

“This man was doing nothing in his car when he was ambushed and cold-bloodily murdered,” Miami police Sgt. Confesor Gonzalez said.

The 50-year-old father worked two jobs as a security guard, including one at the restaurant, to support his nine children as well as family in Haiti. His youngest sons are twin 4-year-olds.

“If you saw anything, please come in,” his wife, Anceline Dantinor, said Wednesday at the Miami Police Department. “I am begging you to do this because he didn’t deserve this.”

Dantinor says the last time she saw her husband of five years was when she brought him his favorite meal at work earlier that day. In turn, he surprised her with flowers.

“He bought me flowers and gave me a hug and said he loved me,” Dantinor said.

His oldest son, Chauncy Francois, said his father was a hard-working man who always believed in doing what was right.

“This was just an honest guy working an honest job to his support his family,” said Francois, 26.

He said his father was armed at the time of the shooting and believes he was ambushed. Otherwise, he said, the security guard would have fought back.

“I know my dad. My dad is a fighter.”

Dantinor says he was known to carry a gun and that some people did not always agree with him because he was so moral.

Police urge anyone who can help to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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