MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Police say they have arrested three suspects in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy who was at a party in southwest Miami over the weekend.
Miami-Dade police said Josue Cao, 17, was located at his home in the 7400 block of SW 107th Avenue and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Angel Cueli. Cao is also being charged with the discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and tampering with an electronic device.
MDPD later confirmed the second person arrested was 18-year-old Matthew Hernandez, who police said confessed to the crime. Hernandez is being charged with second-degree murder and the discharge of a firearm from a vehicle.
According to police, Cao ran into rival gang members at the party. He then called Hernandez who arrived in a black sedan. Cao joined them and that’s when police say Cao and Hernandez started shooting at the house.
The third suspect in the shooting is 18-year-old Marcos Gonzalez. Sources said he was the getaway driver for Cao and Hernandez. Gonzalez has been charged with second degree murder.
Cueli was killed Saturday at around 11 p.m. at a Halloween party held in the 20200 block of SW 132nd Avenue.
Monday, loved ones and friends gathered for a vigil.
The victim’s father spoke while trying to hold back tears.
“My son was ahead of his time. My son was not really from here. His journey was short because he had a higher mission,” Alfred Cueli said.
Friends of the teen held a banner that had “Long Live Angel” written on it outside a Westchester Catholic Church.
Investigators say guests had gathered on the side of a Southwest Miami-Dade home when an unknown subject approached the house on foot and opened fire multiple times toward the guests striking Cueli.
Witnesses told police the shooter then ran to a black sedan and fled the area.
Cueli was airlifted to Kendall Regional Trauma Center, where he later died. No one else was injured during the shooting.
Police say Cueili was not the intended target.
Cueili’s parents said he was a ninth-grader at Miami Coral Park Senior High School. They added that he had just transferred there about three weeks ago.