MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The reward in the murder of a 15-year-old boy, who was gunned down nearly six months ago along with another man at a home in Northwest Miami-Dade, is being raised to $14,000.
The victim, Isaiah Solomon, and 22-year-old Tafari Dorsett were attending a wake and vigil for another slain teenager.
Four other people were wounded at the home on August 27th, 2016 at NW 19th Avenue and 83rd Terrace.
Pastor Eric Readon of the New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church was joined by fellow activists and the mother of Solomon at the FDLE building in West Miami-Dade which is also the headquarters for Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers.
Readon dropped off two $500 checks from his Miami Gardens church and his $1,000 donation raised the current reward from $13,000 to $14,000.
“I think it is sad for any child, any life for this to happen,” said Readon. “But for a child who has just started living to be killed in such a way is very sad. That’s why we are stepping up the reward. And we are going to keep up our efforts to do what we can to help families whose loved ones are victimized.”
Det. Jennifer Capote, with the Miami-Dade Police Department, said there are no new developments in this case.
Solomon’s mother, Sirena Harrell, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “Isaiah was an innocent bystander. He was there attending a cousin’s wake. Isaiah lived with me in Miramar.”
“This was the worst call I ever received in my life,” said Harrell. “That was the most traumatic experience I ever had to deal with. Isaiah meant the world to me. I had Isaiah at the age of 17. Now I’m about to be 34. I had him my entire adult life so to my family and me, Isaiah meant the world to us and still does. The senseless violence plaguing our community is frightening.”
So far no one has been arrested for the shooting.
Ironically, Harrell says her son, who liked to play football, dreamed of becoming an F.B.I. agent later in life.
“I would just like to say to everyone out there that in August it was my son but tomorrow it can be their son,” said Harrell. “If no one speaks up, these senseless acts will continue to happen. Tomorrow it can be them on the news making a plea just like I am pleading for my child.”
There are multiple ways for people with information to help Miami-Dade police.
You can call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477) or call 1 (866) 471-8477. You can also visit www.crimestoppersmiami.com and select “Give a Tip.” Lastly, you can send a text message to 274637 and enter CSMD followed by the tip information and press send.
There is a reward of up to $3,000 and you can remain anonymous when providing a tip.