MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two teenagers have been arrested and charged with the shooting death of 17-year-old Jultavious Williams.
The deadly shooting took place Sunday afternoon around 5 p.m. at Blakey Park, which is located on the 600 block of Southwest 14th Avenue in Homestead.
According to investigators, three unknown black subjects arrived on foot at the park and approached someone that was friends with Williams.
They then saw Williams sitting nearby on bench and called out to him.
Authorities say that words were exchanged between Williams and the subjects, but when Williams stood up two of subjects, 16-year-old Eddy Moore and 15-year-old Keyondric Daniels, produced handguns and fired at him.
Moore, Daniels and their unidentified associate then fled the park on foot.
According to an arrest report, Moore and Daniels went to the park “with the intent of shooting rival gang members.”
The Miami-Dade Police Department Homicide Bureau has been working the case and on Wednesday, both Moore and Daniels were placed under arrest and charged with second-degree murder.
“It’s sad to see see that we have juveniles, the ages of 15 and 16 years old, with their hands on guns, committing these acts of violence,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. “The worst type of crime you can commit, which is a homicide, and take the life of a 17-year-old that from what I saw across the media waves is that he was an athlete.”
It is not yet known when the teen boys will make their first court appearance.
Police were thankful that members of the community helped to bring the shooters to justice.
“Previous cases we knew that there was that silence where nobody, even though it was five in the afternoon, nobody saw nothing,” said Zabaleta. “But in this case, they may have not necessarily spoken to investigators on the scene, but the information got to us.”
Williams was a student at Grace Christian Preparatory School in Goulds. He was also an expectant father, with a baby girl due in April.
On Monday over 100 of Williams’ former classmates wrote condolence letters to his family.