Friday, August 23, 2013
Out for Justice: Bryan Herrera
He was 16 years old. A teenager with a great future, who was riding his bike to go do his homework. That's when a cold hearted killer murdered him and got away. Tonight, Miami Police and the teens family are saying, please help. Here is tonight's Out for Justice with Patrick Fraser.
Anabel Herrera: "He was a very sweet boy. He was gentle and he was kind."
The 16-year-old wasn't a good student, he was a great student.
Anabel Herrera: "He had great grades. He was very dedicated to school. He was a straight-A student."
Bryan had a great future and then last December just before Christmas, he got on his bike to ride to a friend's house in Allapattah to do homework that was assigned for the holidays.
Detective Kevin Ruggiero: "We know Bryan was confronted by an armed subject. We believe the encounter was very brief. We believe that it was a robbery."
Just a few blocks from his father's house, a coward pulled a gun on the 16-year-old.
Detective Kevin Ruggiero: "He was shot in the head. His book bag was sprawled out on the floor and his bicycle."
Bryan was murdered. His family got the call.
Anabel Herrera: "It was an unimaginable call, it was horrible. I rushed over and we had to tell all the other kids. It was just a devastating day."
Instead of celebrating Christmas, the Herrera's had to plan a funeral. Instead of opening presents, they forced themselves to hold a news conference to ask Allapattah residents to
help the police.
Detective Kevin Ruggiero: "I tend to be a pretty good judge of character and you can tell that Bryan truly is and was the kid that everyone had described to us. Honor roll student, math and science program."
A very good young man, but no good clues came in to the Miami Police Department.
Detective Kevin Ruggiero: "This is actually one of the coldest ones that we have. We have no information on our suspect. The information is still out there on the streets and we need it."
Patrick Fraser: "Bryan was killed here at the corner of 11th Avenue and 39th Street in Alapattah on a Saturday morning around 11:00. People were outside mowing their grass, running errands. Someone had to see something but no-one has said anything. Anabel knows why."
Anabel Herrera: "I understand that nowadays nobody wants to get involved because they don't want any repercussions, but they're happening all the time. We live in a community where there's good people and not so good people. And if we want to get rid of the not so good people, we need to come forward."
Det. Ruggiero says if a witness is worried, don't be.
Detective Kevin Ruggiero: "If anyone does have information please, you can remain completely anonymous. We can provide protection for you."
The police want to find the killer who shot a teenager carrying his book bag while riding his bike to do his homework.
Detective Kevin Ruggiero: "We can't force people to come forward with the information all we can do is say please do the right thing for this young man's family."
The family wants to catch this terrible killer.
Anabel Herrera: "Please it can happen to your child. We have this criminal out here who's choosing innocent victims and we need to get them off the streets."
Maybe you can help catch the killer. Detectives think the person who robbed and murdered Bryan lives in that Allapattah neighborhood. If they killed an innocent young kid, they wont hesitate to kill you or your child.
Miami-Dade Crimestoppers can take the anonymous tip now. Just give them a call. And if you have lost a loved one and want to remind people you are still out for justice, give us a call.
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