Viewing Held For Victims Of Gas Station Shooting

MIAMI GARDENS (CBS4) – A viewing was held Wednesday evening for the young couple killed in a gas station robbery in Miami Gardens.

The viewing for Julian Soler, 23, and Kennia Duran, 24, took place at Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home at 865 West 49th Street in Hialeah.

gas station shooting victims Viewing Held For Victims Of Gas Station Shooting

(Photo Credit: Jacqueline Serra) Kennia Duran (L) and Julian Soler were shot and killed at a Miami Gardens gas station.

Soler and Duran were gassing up Soler’s 1997 Ford Mustang Cobra at a gas station on 16691 NW 57th Ave at around 12:38 a.m. on Monday, when they were ambushed, forced out of the car and shot.

The suspects were in an older model Nissan Pathfinder which pulled up on the other side of the pump, according to the station’s surveillance video. As Soler got back into his car, he was confronted by a man from the Pathfinder pointing a gun at him.

Another man can be seen on the video pointing a gun at Duran. As the two got out of the car, the gunmen opened fire. The video then shows the armed men getting back into the Pathfinder and speeding away. The Pathfinder, which had been torched, was found later.

Soler died on the pavement next to his car. Duran was rushed to the Ryder Trauma Center where she died.

Robert Munoz said he watched the video but and can not understand how anyone could have taken lives so casually.

Munoz said, “when I saw that video I was crying for two hours — the way that shot hit him right in the chest. It must have been a high powered gun that lifted up a 260 pound 6’4″ kid off a ground. I would like to tell those guys that I hope they die.”

“They didn’t deserve to be killed that way,” said Soler’s mother Janine Diaz. “He’ll never get to be a parent; he’ll never get to be married; he’ll never get to enjoy everything everyone gets to enjoy in life,” said Diaz at a news conference held by the victims’ mothers on Tuesday.

They want the public to help find the suspects.

“I’m just begging you as a parent, as a grandparent because I have to take care of my grandson right now. If you know anything just come forward,” said Jacqueline Serra, mother of Kennia Duran.

Duran leaves behind a 6-year-old son.

Police said they are searching for three, possibly four, subjects.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

  • Marz

    “Police said they are searching for three, possibly four, subjects” —- So how is the public supposed to help with NO description of the suspects???? I’ve been following this story the last few days and still no description SMH

    • nomercy55

      admin,thats a crock,if they were black,(which they were)let me know,white,hispanic,asian whatever the case,the public needs to know,i wanna know,so i can watch my back,them cowards need to die at the other end of a bullet

    • Me

      It’s just sad that they are still on the streets. Soulless killers that I could encounter tomorrow. Miami sucks.

  • Sharif

    robbery doesnt seem like the motive or else they would’ve taken the car or something of value this was a hit a sloppy one, someone had it out for these two. life doesnt have any value oe on miami streets this is the sign of the times with the economy the way it is peope get desperate, and crimes like this will rise. you cant walk the streets at night looking like you have money and always be mindful of being in places where there are lots of people crimminals dont like lots of witnesses my condolences to the family of these kids they didnt deserve this and i hope they catch the killers.

  • Stephan Lottier

    i was shot in the chest at close range too.i make’s you feel guilty for living through it,and these two inoccent kids did not.i know someone know’s who did this.they will tell someone,they will brag.these killer’s need to be taken off the street and put in jail.who will be next.who will be the next person’s to happen across these heartless killers.the boy had hands up for christ’s sake!bring justice to these two young people!!

  • phil

    this was a hit….the boy was running back to his car when he saw this car drive up…either he had an altercation with them…or he owed money to someone.

    If these guys were just out trying to kill someone randomly…they will eventually get someone shooting back…too many people carry concealed weapons in south florida.

    • Jessie

      He was not running back to his car. He didnt even notice them driving in. We have known Julian (the victim of this crime) since he was a kid. It doesn’t make sense why this happened and I hope the dectectives solve this crime soon. He was a beautiful young man that was loved very much and would never hurt a thing.

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