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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The family of a 15-year old killed in what is being called an “execution” is pleading for the public’s help to find the culprit or culprits.
Officers said Alder Hill was riding his bike Saturday when someone grabbed him off of it on the corner, and dragged him to a field where they shot him multiple times.
Hill’s family spoke Thursday at the site where he lost his life. His mother couldn’t speak about the murder of her son. Her sister did it for her.
“This could have been your brother, your nephew or your cousin. Come forward and say something. Stop worrying about not stop snitching- because you are helping his mom. His mom lost him,” said Hill’s aunt Krystal Mond.
“He was a good person. He didn’t deserve that. My sister don’t deserve to be crying. That could be anybody’s child,” said Toi Cato, also Hill’s aunt.
They say Alder was a good boy, who had learning disabilities, spoke very softly and loved children.
“His life was taken at 15. He can’t even get no better view, no other life. He ain’t 18. He’s just starting to live his life. He wasn’t even off the porch yet,” said Cato.
Miami Homicide detectives have been passing out fliers, looking for leads.
Sgt. Julio Pino, with Miami Police, became emotional while speaking of what happened to the young man, who has no juvenile crime record.
Police say Alder had just left a visit with his cousin near the murder scene and was heading home when he was attacked.
“He was taken off his bike at that corner over there. And I can only imagine the horror he must have felt as he came from that corner to this field,” said Sgt. Pino. “This was an execution that occurred here of an innocent 15-year old child.”
Alder’s mother could not hear another word and had to leave the news conference.
“We know for a fact, unlike some of the homicides we handle, is this was an innocent child, that his only mistake was riding a bike maybe through a wrong neighborhood,” said Sgt. Pino.
There was a block party near the crime, and detectives believe as many as 50 to 100 people may have seen something that could bring down the shooter.
“It had to be horrific. His last moments of life would be horrible,” said Sgt. Pino.
Investigators said a crowd gathered and took cell phone pictures.
“That struck a chord with me because apparently there was a delay between the shots fired and homicide being called,” said Sgt. Pino. “By that time word had spread that something had happened and people went to the field to look.”
Still, no one has come forward with them, and, as of Thursday morning, investigators had only received one tip.
The violence didn’t stop there. Within hours of each other, two other shootings occurred.
The first happening at N.W. 19th Street and 2nd Court in the Overtown area. A man was shot several times and, at last check, was in critical condition in 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.
Police have not determined whether the cases are connected.
Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.