MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Grieving family members are pleading for the public’s help after a 30-year-old mother of four children was shot and killed in Miami.
“She didn’t deserve this. She didn’t deserve this,” said Clarence Tutson, whose daughter Victoria lost her life on Tuesday night of last week.
Police say it happened at 11:04 p.m. at the intersection of NW 17th Ave. and 65th St. Victoria Tutson was a passenger in a car that was struck by several bullets. She was rushed to North Shore Hospital but did not survive.
Clarence Tutson told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “This was senseless. Words cannot describe the type of person she was. She was so full of life. She loved life. She loved her kids.”
Clarence Tutson said his daughter’s children are 5, 7, 9 and 12 years old. Victoria had four siblings – three sisters and a brother.
“We have nothing right now. She loved her children. She loved her children. So we just want to get justice. We couldn’t do anything for her when this happened. What we are trying to do right now is get justice,” said Shakurah Tutson, her sister.
Clarence Tutson added, “We are at war right now with people who have no regard for human life.”
Tutson’s loved ones are inconsolable. Some wept as the victim’s father and sister spoke at a family inside Miami Police headquarters.
Clarence Tutson said, “People don’t know when they do something like this how they are tearing a family apart and we as a family will never be the same again.”
“All we know is that she was an innocent person going about her day. We did see a car in the area that was possibly involved,” said Miami Police homicide Det. Rich Graham.
Police released video of that vehicle on Tuesday. They say they are looking for a silver SUV. Graham said the vehicle that she was in was struck several times by bullets. Graham has been working on the case along with Juan Santos, a fellow homicide detective.
For investigative reasons, police are not identifying the man who she was with in the car. Graham said he has been cooperating with police.
Detectives have canvassed the neighborhood and passed out flyers but so far they have no witnesses and have no motive or a description of any suspects to release.
Clarence Tutson said, “Somebody saw something and should come forward. We need your help. We need you to do that if you know something. Like I say it is us today but it could be you tomorrow.’
Shakurah Tutson said, “We want to know what anyone saw and what they heard. All I can say is no lead is too small and no lead is too big.”
Her father added, “I know there are some people who would say I don’t want to be a snitch. But if it were you in this place you would want someone to come forward and yield what they got to help you. We are pleading with you. Share what you have. Share vital information. Somebody had to see something. If you have any love in your life come forward.”
Anyone with information that can help police should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477). There is a reward of up to $3,000.