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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Parents are speaking out after what Miami-Dade police are calling a “non-fatal shooting” of four adults one hour after a candle light vigil for a woman who was murdered last week.
The vigil, held NW 20th Avenue and NW 65th Street, was for Victoria Tutson. The 30-year-old mother of four was riding in a car with a friend when someone shot at it. Tutson, who was struck by several bullets, was taken to North Shore Hospital where she died.
Laveta Wesley said her 31-year-old son Edward Jordan was at the vigil for Tutson when a car drove by and fired on them. Jordan was hit in the side.
“I’m heartbroken because my son is laying up here in trauma, not knowing that it was, anybody could have been killed, anybody,” she said outside the hospital.
Devontae Hemans, 18, who was sitting on a porch near the vigil, was also wounded. He is a senior at Miami Central Senior High School.
His mother, Latrese Williams, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “I’m very heartbroken and I am devastated because this happened to my child. My heart also goes out to the other parents. This is terrible, just terrible, especially for the family of the mother who lost her life last week.”
“I don’t feel good about that, man. Kids are supposed to be out in the open, at 8 o’clock at night people are shooting, that don’t make no sense,” said Hemans’s stepfather Anthony Hemans.
“It’s senseless you know. A lot of that happens, a lot of kids die from that every year. People need to stop, that’s what they need to do, ya’ll need to stop because it don’t make no sense. Innocent people are getting killed,” said Devontae’s stepmother, Jennifer Johnson.
The shooting at the vigil happened just blocks away from where Tutson was shot. In both cases, shots were fired by someone in a silver vehicle. Police have not said if the shootings are related.
Wesley said she wants answers.
“Yes, I really do. Why? Why? And to find out who did and why,” she said.
Miami-Dade Police say two females who are 19 and 25 years old were also wounded in the Tuesday night drive-by that happened at 8:48 p.m. near the Lincoln Fields apartments.
Anyone with information that can help the police is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.