MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An investigation is underway after the body of a man was found shot to death on a sidewalk in front of a Miami-Dade home.

Miami-Dade police said around 4:30 a.m. they received a call about gunfire in the neighborhood of NW 57th Street and NW 22nd Avenue. Officers checked out the call but didn’t find anything.

About an hour later, a person who lives in the area went to take out the trash and spotted a man lying on the ground. Thinking it may have been a homeless person in need of help, they called the police.

When officers arrived they found the body of a man who had been shot. Inside a pocket, according to police, they found an arrest report.

After hearing of the shooting, family members of the man went to the scene. They identified him as 19-year old Leig Wilcher.

“He meant everything, that’s my baby brother, he was youngest one,” said Wilcher’s brother Benjamin Givens. “The killings need to stop, all the violence, especially for the people who didn’t do nothing and didn’t bother nobody. This always happens to the wrong person.”

Givens said anyone who saw anything should get in touch with police.

“He was an innocent man, that’s my brother. Innocent. I know he didn’t do nothing. If you know anything, call the police,” said Givens.

Givens said his brother had not been in any serious trouble history. Police said a records check showed Wilcher had a record for trespassing and a drug charge.

Police have not speculated as to what led up to him being shot.


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