‘He wasn’t supposed to go’ daughter of slain Pembroke Pines man says at funeral

A  flower-draped casket was wheeled out of a Pembroke Pines funeral home Wednesday after a somber ceremony.

The service was for  father of three, Ollie Mingo, who was shot and killed about a week-ago when he was in a  car with two of his children.  

"He wasn't supposed to go, he was supposed to stay.  That was the wrong person," Alexus Mingo, 11, said about her dad. "He was very nice he was a nice dad. He was always here but somebody took him."

Alexus is Mingo's  youngest daughter.

Her two older siblings were  in the car with their dad one week ago  when someone unleashed a hail of bullets into the vehicle.

The 14 and 17-year-old children escaped serious injury.

But Mingo, still wearing his work uniform,  was pronounced dead after his bullet-riddled car slammed into a utility pole.

The shooting happened near Northwest Ninth Street and Northwest Seventh Avenue in Hallandale Beach.

"When you take someone's life, you ruin other people's lives. You change the course of other people's lives," Mercedes Dericho said.

Scott Stephens also spoke about his co-worker.

"He was a great person, just had an infectious smile and cared about everybody," he said.

Detectives are also puzzled by the murder of the father with no criminal past.

They've gone door to door with urgent flyers in the neighborhood to chase leads.

Still, in between all of the hugs and tears, there is a bit of peace.

It's even felt a young girl who just faced with the gut-wrenching task of having to bury her own father before even becoming a teenager.

"I'm not gonna cry," she said. "He's in a better place now. He's gonna live on in my heart for a very long time." 

This BBSNews article was syndicated from News | WPLG, and written by News | WPLG. Read the original article here.