MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A 17-year-old was shot and killed near his home in Little Havana on Saturday.
The victim, identified as Danny Alvarez, suffered a single gunshot wound to the back before dying at the hospital.
Ella Hernandez went to Coral Gables Senior high school with Alvarez.
They were supposed to meet the night he was killed.
“I just didn’t believe it I even texted him and I said Danny please tell me this isn’t true,” she said.
Multiple shots were heard near Southwest 31st Avenue and Southwest 4th Street.
The circumstances are unclear but it appeared that a Toyota near the scene might have been involved somehow.
When police arrived they found no victim, only blood and evidence of a shooting.
It appears someone had driven Alvarez to Coral Gables Hospital where he later died of his wounds.
A distraught woman, possibly the victim’s mother, was seen at the hospital speaking to police officers.
On Sunday there was a steady stream of people at Alvarez’s home, paying respects to the family and remembering the boy whose life was cut short.
“He was very special, he was really nice, he didn’t care about who you were or where you came from, what you liked,” said Hernandez. “He was always up to hanging out with you and always look at the bright side of it.”
Authorities are now asking for the community’s help.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS. A $3,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.