MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Loved ones gathered at a home in Miami in memory of a teenager who’s now the latest victim of gun violence in south Florida.
“They shot him and they just left his body lifeless out here,” said Jokeisha Silvene, the victim’s cousin.
Loved ones of 15-year-old Alder Hill sobbed, hugged and prayed at a vigil Sunday night in the very spot where he was shot and killed the night before.
Hill was riding his bike home when police say two gunmen shot at him just yards from Miami Northwestern Senior High on N.W. 69th Street and 9th Avenue.
Too emotional to talk, Hill’s mother stood next to her niece instead.
“He was a good boy, he don’t mess with nobody. Quiet,” said Silvene.
It was a violent Saturday night in Northwest Miami with three separate shootings, all within hours of each other.
The first happening at N.W. 19th Street and 2nd Court in the Overtown area. A man was shot several times and is in critical condition at the hospital.
The second shooting, about an hour later in Liberty City, resulted in Hill’s death.
While CBS4 camera crews were at that scene, the distinct “pop, pop, pop” of gunfire rang out five blocks away, followed by sirens.
It was this scene, at N.W. 65th Street and 7th Avenue, where 21-year-old Jaquan Leonard was shot and killed.
The recent gun violence, many of the shootings deadly, and many involving teenagers and children, has outraged both the public and city leaders, including Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
Miami wakes to the horrible news of three overnight shootings with one of the victims as young as 15. Heartbreaking, senseless, unacceptable
— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) January 10, 2016
He demanded that local leaders, law enforcement and people in the community to put a stop to the violence.
“Look, our schools are safe. It’s the streets that aren’t. After the last bell the safety net vanishes for our kids,” said Carvalho.