By Ty Russell

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Investigators spent hours collecting evidence from a deadly Christmas eve shooting.

Chopper4 was overhead the Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood Tuesday morning.

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There was a yellow tarp feet away from a home and police used yellow crime scene tape to block a stretch of SW 139th Avenue – not far from Naranja Park.

“He went to put up his equipment and I heard gunshots. And I saw some guys in black run from behind his apartment,” Priscilla Riley said.

Riley couldn’t hold back her tears while talking to reporters about the moment her uncle took his last breath. That happened to also be the birthday of the victim’s father.

“I’m broken. I’m broken. I’m sorry. I don’t mean to yell but I’m broken,” she said while in tears.

Riley says minutes before she heard gunfire, her uncle just finished mowing her lawn as an early gift. Her home was near his apartment.

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“Devoted. He loved his family so much. That he always tried to bring people together by cooking and sharing his dishes,” Riley said.

Riley was expecting her uncle to have Christmas dinner with her. Instead, she’s now she’s trying to keep her neighborhood safe since whoever is responsible has not been captured.

“I want them to get us protection in this neighborhood. This is an ongoing situation with violence in this community. I’m one of the ones who reach out and call the police when I hear these things,” she said.

The victim’s niece is now wondering why her uncle is no longer here and she is certain he was not the target.

“Of course. Definitely the wrong guy,” Riley said.

So far, it’s unclear if police have an idea who’s responsible.

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If you can help, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers 305-471-TIPS.