Tyquan "Quan" Ham, who played for the Miami Jackson Senior High School's football team, was shot dead Friday, according to relatives.
The mother of a fellow Jackson Generals' player described Ham as respectful and athletic. His team was scheduled to play against North Miami next Friday. A neighbor said "he was a good kid" and a teammate said he was "pushing to get a scholarship to a college."
"Another tragedy in our community," Miami-Dade Police Department Director Juan Perez wrote on Twitter Saturday. A "16 year old who will not enjoy life. We need to stand tough against violence. Deepest condolences."
Detective Argemis Colome said the teen was shot about 10 p.m., while walking near his home in Northwest Miami-Dade.
"The subject(s) fled and remain at large," Colome wrote in a Saturday morning statement.
Early Saturday morning, Miami-Dade homicide detectives were at the edge of the Gladeview and West Little River neighborhoods investigating the teen's murder. Authorities removed his body from the crime scene hours later.
Ham lived near the Lillie C. Evans K-8 Center in the area of Northwest 75th Street and Northwest 19th Avenue.
Ham's Facebook page showed him wearing the Jackson General's number 55 in 2015 and 2016. He used the hashtag "dream chasing" often and liked to spend time with his baby nephew TJ. There were also "Free Da Hood" and "RIP My Brothers" posts about friends in Brownsville neighborhood who were either killed or were in prison.
Last year, his school administrators trusted Laktriona "Bernice" Brunson, a reality TV star with "South Beach Tow," and hip-hop legend Luther Campbell with coaching him and his teammates. Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho acknowledged the "overnight tragedy" in a Saturday morning tweet.
"Cowardly gun violence continues to maim the soul of our community," Carvalho wrote under hash tag "Enough."
Colome said the little information the police department released about the shooting was preliminary and could change as the investigation progressed.
"Can't help but think someone must have information that can help prevent the killings," Perez wrote on Twitter. "If you know something, help solve this heinous crime ... will work diligently to solve this crime."
Detectives were asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
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