CUTLER BAY (CBSMiami) – A grieving sister-in-law is speaking out after an expectant father is gunned down at a Cutler Bay apartment complex on Sunday night.
Authorities say Josue Galban, 23, died after he was shot and his car caught fire and crashed around 9:45 p.m. near the entrance to the Cutler Hammock Apartments on S.W. 216th Street and 103rd Avenue.
Orange paint marks the spot where Galban’s Toyota Corolla crashed.
“Josue Galban was the sweetest guy you would ever want to meet in your life,” said Galban’s sister-in-law, Judy Arthur.
Arthur told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “He was such a sweet guy. He had a baby on the way. And I told him just be careful. Nobody in Josue’s family wants to lose him. He was the best guy. His brother is heartbroken. They were expecting a boy in September, their first child.”
An emotional Arthur said, “He meant so much to us. He had so much to live for. His life was gone, just like that. And we were all here together for the weekend for a wedding. I wish this would never happen to anyone. Please cherish your loved ones. You never know when they are going to disappear. You never know.”
“It was just a shooting,” she said. “After someone shot him he tried to drive and the car crashed. I saw him crashed over there and slumped over. I begged my neighbors to pull him out of the car. They pulled him out of the car and he still had a pulse. By the time they got to the hospital, two hours later, he was dead.”
One neighbor, who did not want to reveal his identity or show all of his face, told D’Oench, “I heard gunshots. There were six or seven shots. The cops came and then rescue came.”
Miami-Dade Police say the shooting happened happened after Galban got in to a verbal altercation with Christopher Martin, 38. It’s not known what prompted their argument. Martin was driving a Dodge Royal Monaco.
No charges have been filed and the shooting is under investigation, according to Miami-Dade Police.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).