Teen who received football scholarship fatally shot during Craigslist transaction

A 19-year-old man, who recently graduated from high school and had a scholarship to play college football in California, was shot and killed this week.

Police said the shooting was reported just after 3 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Northeast 177th Street and Ninth Avenue. 

Relatives said Brian Brown, who graduated last week from North Miami Beach Senior High School, was shot three times in the back. 

They believe he was shot during a Craigslist transaction.

According to relatives, Brown advertised video games and a play station on Craigslist to sell.

They said he went to meet the person who was going to buy the games and console from him when the shooting happened.

Brown’s father said his son was a good person, who would never hurt anybody.

“Happy, always smiling, a friend to everyone. Everyone who knew him —  I can say at least 200 to 300 people have come here to hug me and told me what a great kid he was. and how much love he just had for everyone,” Gary Brown said. “(He) wouldn’t hurt a fly, wouldn’t hurt anyone. (He) loved animals. He had this dog, you’d think this dog was one of his kids, man.”

Brian Brown’s girlfriend drove him to Jackson North Medical Center. He was then transferred to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, where he died.

Gary Brown said his son was excited for college after receiving a full scholarship to Merced College and had recently gone shopping for furniture for his new dorm room.

He was supposed to leave for northern California on July 1. 

Gary Brown said his son was also working out to stay in shape for the upcoming football season. 

“He was getting ready for it, staying in shape, and everyone, his team mates, friends, everyone was talking about it. He was ready to go,” Gary Brown said.

North Miami Beach Senior High School football coach Jeff Bertani said Brian Brown played on the team for four years.

“He was phenomenal on the field for us,” Bertani said. “He loved every minute he was on that field. His personality was large on the field, his personality was large off the field.”

Brian Brown was the youngest of four siblings in his family.

“I don’t know how I’m going to live without Brian. I don’t know how,” the teen’s mother, Landcy Brown said. 

Miami-Dade police are investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 305-471-2400 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest. 

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Man arrested in shooting of 15-year-old girl in North Miami Beach

North Miami Beach police arrested a man Friday morning in connection with the shooting of a 15-year-old girl earlier this month that left her critically wounded.

Genesis Anderson, 24, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said Milinda Michel Pierre was shot May 11 outside her home in the area of Northeast 155th Terrace and Northeast 14th Avenue.

Milinda’s mother, Gina Pierre, told Local 10 News that she checked on her daughter, who was sleeping, shortly before the shooting. Pierre said she went to sleep and was awakened by her daughter screaming.

“By 11 o’clock, I just hear, ‘Mommy! Mommy! I got shot!’ That’s it,” she said.

Pierre said her daughter was taken to a local hospital in critical condition after the shooting.

“Bless her heart. Milinda is a very strong girl, and we just ask that we continue with prayers for the family, for Milinda, and we’re here fighting for Milinda,” Maj. Richard Rand said.

Authorities interviewed Milinda from her hospital bed, who told them that she knew Anderson for about five months.

Milinda told detectives that she had a falling out with the suspect, who she knew as “G” and considered a friend. She said he showed up to her home with another man May 11, knocked on the door and shot her when she opened it.

Pierre said her daughter attends North Miami Beach High School, where she is a member of the JROTC program and plays volleyball.

“She’s a sweetheart. (I’ve) never had problem with her, and she’s an A student,” Pierre said.

Anderson is being held without bond.

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Man arrested in shooting of 15-year-old girl in North Miami Beach

North Miami Beach police arrested a man Friday morning in connection with the shooting of a 15-year-old girl earlier this month that left her critically wounded.

Genesis Anderson, 24, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said Milinda Michel Pierre was shot May 11 outside her home in the area of Northeast 155th Terrace and Northeast 14th Avenue.

Milinda’s mother, Gina Pierre, told Local 10 News that she checked on her daughter, who was sleeping, shortly before the shooting. Pierre said she went to sleep and was awakened by her daughter screaming.

“By 11 o’clock, I just hear, ‘Mommy! Mommy! I got shot!’ That’s it,” she said.

Pierre said her daughter was taken to a local hospital in critical condition after the shooting.

“Bless her heart. Milinda is a very strong girl, and we just ask that we continue with prayers for the family, for Milinda, and we’re here fighting for Milinda,” Maj. Richard Rand said.

Authorities interviewed Milinda from her hospital bed, who told them that she knew Anderson for about five months.

Milinda told detectives that she had a falling out with the suspect, who she knew as “G” and considered a friend. She said he showed up to her home with another man May 11, knocked on the door and shot her when she opened it.

Pierre said her daughter attends North Miami Beach High School, where she is a member of the JROTC program and plays volleyball.

“She’s a sweetheart. (I’ve) never had problem with her, and she’s an A student,” Pierre said.

Anderson is being held without bond.

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Detectives search for gunman in teen’s shooting in North Miami Beach

A 15-year-old girl was critically wounded in an overnight shooting in North Miami Beach.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took to Twitter early Friday to announce the shooting. Carvalho demanded that the so-called “code of silence” be broken, using the hash tag “enough.”

Cowardly gun violence strikes again. 15-year old girl in critical condition after being shot overnight. Break the code of silence. #Enough

— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) May 12, 2017

North Miami Beach police confirmed on Twitter that a person had been shot near Northeast 155th Terrace and Northeast 14th Avenue.

Police said the victim, identified by her mother as Milinda Michel Pierre, was taken to a local hospital.

Gina Pierre told Local 10 News that her daughter was outside their home when she was shot. She said the bullet went through Milinda’s torso and came out through her back.

Pierre said had just checked on her daughter, who was sleeping, shortly before the shooting. Pierre said said she went to sleep and shortly after was awakened by her daughter screaming.

“By 11 o’clock, I just hear, ‘Mommy! Mommy! I got shot!’ That’s it,” she said.

Pierre said her daughter attends North Miami Beach High School, where she is a member of the JROTC program and plays volleyball.

“She’s a sweetheart. Never had problem with her, and she’s an A student,” Pierre said.

Pierre said Milinda is in critical condition, but she is expected to survive.

“They said she is going to be fine, but maybe paralyzed. I hope not,” she said.

About an hour and a half before the teen was wounded, police said a man was injured in a shooting and crash on 19th Avenue and Northeast 171st Street.

Police said they do not believe the shootings were related. 

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1 injured in shooting, crash in North Miami Beach

One person was injured in a shooting and crash late Thursday night in North Miami Beach.North Miami Beach police were called to the incident at Northeast 173rd Street and Northeast 19th Avenue.Police said the victim was taken to a hospital in stable co…

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Holocaust memorial run held in North Miami Beach

South Florida is home to 2,000 survivors of the Holocaust, and of those about 600 live below the poverty line.

When Lior Levy-Minkowitz learned that those statistics are reflected across the country, she decided it was time to take action and organized the inaugural Shoah 5K Holocaust Family Run/Walk, which took place Sunday.

The event was attended by about 400 people, including a few holocaust survivors.

A majority of the proceeds from the event will be going to the Jewish Community Services of South Florida to help those survivors in need by giving them  access to  health aides, housekeeping, counseling, food, care management and financial assistance.

“We were honoring the local Holocaust survivors,” Levy-Minkowitz said. 

Organizers said they wanted to honor the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust and to pay tribute to the survivors with the run.

“My grandmother was a Holocaust survivor,” Levy-Minkowitz said about her grandmother, who was in Auschwitz. “The holocaust was a big part of my upbringing.”

So when she learned that about a third of survivors live below the poverty line, Levy-Minkowtiz gave herself 11 weeks to create the run.

She hopes that other communities will put on similar runs and that awareness will continue to be spread.  

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