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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Miami Police have identified a 14-year old killed in Miami drive-by shooting on Friday.
Officers say the victim is Gabriel Figueroa, a freshmen at Miami Central High.
Detectives said he was hanging around outside of an empty house on Friday night when someone opened fire outside the home on Northwest 52nd Street.
Figueroa was shot in the chest and died.
Saturday, his cousin tried to make sense of his death.
“We just know that he was visiting a friend, just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. He got shot. We lost him, a good person was lost yesterday. He will be missed,” said his cousin Angel Garifuna.
It was just before 8 p.m. when the shots rang out, according to police. A spokesman for the Miami Police Department said a car pulled up and someone inside fired several shots.
Carey Johnson owns the empty house ands said neighborhood teens would hang out there on a regular basis.
“As far as any shooting happening and anyone who is 14 being shot dead, that’s not something that I’m going to like,” said Johnson.
Police said after being shot, he was able to run next door to a friend’s house, where he collapsed. He later died at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
One day after the shooting, his friends honored the high school freshman with a candlelight vigil.
Police do not have any information on the suspect’s vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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