OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) – Investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office spent morning, noon and night searching the area around a small apartment building in Oakland Park for clues in the death of 17-year-old girl, Amaya Cruz.

BSO says they received a call for medical help in the 5 hundred block of NW 41 Street near Powerline Road around 7 am Wednesday morning. When they arrived, paramedics found Cruz’s body and pronounced her dead. A crossing guard said she heard the girl’s mother screaming.

“The mom came out and said, ‘Somebody killed my baby!’ said Susie Jamison. “I do remember her saying that. I believe she said she was shot and somebody also told me that she was beaten very bad.”

Employees of the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office removed the body and an autopsy will be performed. Investigators focused attention on a green car. CBS 4 cameras saw it being towed away. The crossing guard said the car was often in the neighborhood in the mornings.

Cruz’s parents were on scene but asked not to be identified.

Marta Henriques was touched by the tragedy. Even though she doesn’t know Cruz or her family she wanted to donate her money from waiting tables on Wednesday. She wrote Cruz’s family a note.

“I hope God gives you the patience and you can take all the pain about your loss,” Henriques’s note reads.

Neighbors tell CBS 4 News that they remember seeing Cruz walking often in her neighborhood. A woman who did not want to give her name spoke briefly after dropping off flowers near Cruz’s door.

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“It’s not fair,” the woman said. “It’s sad. Someone lost her daughter. We just want to show that we support her.”

A BSO spokesperson told CBS 4 News that as of late Wednesday night there was no update on anyone being charged with this crime.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.



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