Police search for shooters who killed man
EL PORTAL, Fla. (WSVN) -- A quiet neighborhood was rocked by violence Monday night after a young man, fresh out of college, was shot and killed in broad daylight.
Willie Clark mourned the loss of his youngest son Kori, Monday night. The 26-year-old was gunned down outside his El Portal home.
Several 911 calls were made at around 4:30 p.m. Witnesses told police the gunmen, possibly two or more, traveled in a gray car. Neighbor Nick Patapis heard the shots and ran to help. His pants were still stained with Kori's blood. "He had so much blood in his face and lungs," said Patapis. "It was horrific, horrific, and it happened so fast. It was about seven shots."
"There was numerous gunshots that were fired," said El Portal Chief Eugene Morales, "including a high-powered rifle and handguns."
Northeast 90th Street between Second and Third Avenues were littered with multiple bullet casings from the different weapons. There were so many casings in fact, police had to use plastic cups and coffee cups to mark the evidence after running out of evidence markers. It was recorded as the first assault weapon attack ever to occur in the town.
Miami-Dade Police is now handling the investigation. Clark said Kori was a recent college graduate and a good man who did not grow up in the streets and held two jobs. "This child wasn't like that," said Clark, "and where we live at, in El Portal, that's the least thing I would expect."
While Miami-Dade Police continues to investigate the violent shooting death, El Portal Police said they do not believe it was random. They do believe that the victim in the case was targeted. "He will not die in vain," said Kori's father. "That's all I will say. He will not die in vain." Relatives plead the public to come forward with any information.
Witnesses told police at least two suspects drove off in a gray car.
A candlelight vigil will be held in Kori's memory at the home Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. City officials from El Portal said they plan to attend the vigil because they have never seen anything like this happen before in the peaceful neighborhood.
If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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