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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Gardens police are trying to solve a murder mystery after an early morning jogger discovered a man’s body at a Miami Gardens park, right next to a playground.

Kevin Willis, the man found dead in Scott Park in Miami Gardens on Nov. 2, 2018 (Miami Gardens PD)

The body of 50-year old Kevin Willis was discovered on the ground with an apparent  gunshot wound to the head at Scott Park at NW 177th Street and 15th Court.

His niece told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that Willis devoted his life to his children from a former marriage and his security company that was based in Miami. Ironically, the man who specialized in protecting others could not protect himself.

“I’m hurt. I’m hurt. It really hurts. I am content now but this hurts deep,” said his niece Latifah Greene. “He was a God fearing man. A family man. He always loved his kids. He was all about his kids. He owned his own business and if anybody needed help he was a go to person.”

Willis was the chief executive officer of Traveling Angels Security Academy on NE 2nd Avenue in Miami with an office on the 2nd floor.

“He was a bail bondsman. He owned his own security company. He was a good man,” recalled Greene.

It is not known what Willis was doing at the park.

Rosie Lori discovered him after hearing his cell phone ringing.

“I saw something and I saw something that made me scared,” said Lori. She told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “I didn’t know what to do. I looked down and I saw that there was blood on his head. I could not see his face. But this is a terrible thing. Parks are for children to play.”

Lori called her husband who went to the park.

“Just when I saw blood and I knew he got hurt and I called 911,” said Reman Dorival.

Police along with an ATF agent and a K9 officer scoured Scott Park for evidence and detectives put out a flyer asking for help.

Miami Gardens police looking for a 2007, Chrysler 300, Silver-colored, bearing a Florida tag of KEAD17, similar to this one which belongs to homicide victim Kevin Willis. (Miami Gardens PD)

It appears his car was stolen and police are looking for his 2007 Silver Chrysler 300, which has a Florida tag of KEA D17.

“If we are going to be able to solve this crime we are going to need the public’s assistance as far as any little piece of information, if you heard any kind of unusual sounds in the wee hours of the morning, or maybe heard any kind of commotion, or any kind of car screeching, any kind of little thing that you may have heard can help put this piece of the puzzle together,” said Miami Gardens Police Det. Carolyn Frazer. “Right now we have very limited information and if we are going to be able to solve this crime we need the public’s assistance.”

As for Willis’ head wound.

“We’re not sure it’s a gunshot wound. We’re waiting for the medical examiner to rule on the cause of death,” said Frazer.

“I really want to find whoever did this. If you know anything please speak up, the next time it could be yours. It is happening every other day and in Miami Gardens this has to stop,” said Greene.

Greene said as far as she knows, her uncle did not have any enemies and has no idea why something like this happened.

Police say Willis had left his home just before midnight.

Anyone with information on Willis’ death is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

There is a reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Peter D'Oench


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