Opa-locka police officer accused of breaking teenage boy’s jaw

An Opa-locka police officer has been accused of punching a teenage boy, breaking his jaw. 

Broward County sheriff’s deputies said Lowrie Simon, 37, attacked 17-year-old Kristian Stanley on Sunday because Simon believed that Stanley was having sex with his 13-year-old daughter.

Opa-Locka police Chief James Dobson said Lowrie has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of criminal and internal affairs investigations. He has been an officer since October 2014, Dobson said.

Dobson said that Lowrie was off-duty at the time of the alleged assault, and he was in not in uniform.

Broward County Sheriff’s deputies said Simon approached Kristian Stanley about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday at Pembroke Park Church of Christ in the 3700 block of Southwest 56th Avenue. 

After Stanley denied that he was having a sexual relationship with Simon’s daughter, deputies said, Simon punched Stanley in the chest and later struck him across the mouth. 

After the incident, Stanley received treatment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, deputies said. Stanley’s jaw had been broken and he suffered substantial damage to his lower set of teeth, deputies said.

Simon was arrested later on Sunday and was charged with one count of felony battery. He was freed Monday on a $5,000 bond.

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Surveillance video shows gunmen open fire at Opa-locka man sitting in car

Surveillance video released Monday by the Miami-Dade Police Department shows just how close two gunmen were when they fatally shot a father of seven outside his Opa-locka business earlier this month.

Joe Gonzalez was sitting in a parked car Oct. 18 outside his auto shop at 2155 Opa-locka Blvd. when two men opened fire, killing him.

Gonzalez’s daughter and 1-year-old grandson were also inside the car, but they were not hurt.

“It’s caused a lot of heartbreak, especially to my mom,” said the victim’s sister, Geeleen Gonzalez.

The victim’s father said he believes someone knows the gunmen.

“These guys, they run around the neighborhood trying to take everything they want and everything they can,” father Jose Gonzalez said.

Police said Joe Gonzalez had some sort of encounter with the gunmen prior to the shooting, but police haven’t said what led the gunmen to target him.

“We want justice for my brother,” Geeleen Gonzalez said. “It didn’t have to go this way. It didn’t have to be this way. He shouldn’t have died this way.”

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Woman says she watched her father die outside Opa-locka business

The daughter of a man who was fatally shot outside his Opa-locka business said she watched her father die.

“Shots just came out of nowhere,” Gabrielle Gonzalez said Thursday, as she recalled the shooting that claimed her father’s life.

Surveillance video shows two men shooting into a parked car outside 2155 Opa-locka Blvd., killing Joe Gonzalez.

“My dad wasn’t the type to be in (any) drama,” Gabrielle Gonzalez said. “He wasn’t that type.”

Gabrielle Gonzalez was sitting in the car with her 1-year-old son when bullets started flying.

“He was in my lap,” she said. “I tucked him under the steering wheel.”

Gabrielle Gonzalez said she and her father were just talking when the first shot was fired.

Surveillance video from a nearby pawn shop shows the shooters running away down Opa-locka Boulevard.

Gabrielle Gonzalez said she’s confident that the killers who took her father and her son’s grandfather away will be caught.

“I know they are,” she said. “They are going to catch them. They are. I don’t know how long. I don’t know if it’s going to be today or tomorrow or a few weeks, but they are.”

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Father of 7 shot, killed in Opa-locka, family members say

A man was shot and killed early Wednesday at his business in Opa-locka, family members told Local 10 News.

Police confirmed that a shooting was reported at 2:09 a.m. at 2155 Opa-Locka Blvd.

Police said a man was found dead inside a vehicle. A woman and a 1-year-old child were also inside the vehicle, but they were unharmed, authorities said.

The victim was identified by family as Jose Gonzalez Jr., a 47-year-old father of seven.  

“They called us at the house (and said) there was a shooting and my son was — he was the one that got hit,” Gonzalez’s father, Jose Gonzalez Sr., said. 

Relatives said the victim ran a shop in Opa-locka, installing sound systems in cars.

“He’s always working nonstop, and his passion, what he loves to do is working on cars and sound,” Gonzalez Jr.’s sister, Geeleen Gonzalez, said.

Investigators said Gonzalez Jr., his daughter, Gabrielle Gonzalez, 20, and his 1-year-old grandson were inside a car outside of his business when someone walked up to them.

Police said Gonzalez Jr. spoke to the person who then left, before a second person came by, spoke to Gonzalez Jr. as well, and then also left.

Police said both people returned to the vehicle and opened fire, killing Gonzalez Jr.

The shooting has left his family stunned and heartbroken.

“You took away, not only a father, you took away a son, a brother, an uncle, a hardworking man that loved his family and did everything for his family no matter what,” Geeleen Gonzalez said. 

A motive for the shooting is unknown.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 


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Youth football coach remembers teen killed in drive-by shooting

Youth football Coach Darrell Streeter was saddened to learn that one of his players was killed over the weekend in Opa-locka.

Police are still searching for the gunman who shot Terrell Thomas, 17, on Sunday.

“For someone that young to lose their life — it’s horrible,” Streeter said.  

Streeter runs Footballville, a local sports media company and mentorship program that helps guide local youngsters through football. 

“That’s why I’m out here in the community,” Streeter said. 

Streeter met Thomas through the program. 

Police said Thomas was killed Sunday afternoon when a drive-by shooter opened fire along Northwest 140th Street.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found several casings on the ground, but no sign of the victim. 

Thomas was later found at a hospital, but he died soon after. 

An emotional tribute to Thomas took place during a candlelight vigil in honor of the teen.

“So much more life to live. It kills me,” Streeter said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 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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