One year to the day since 12-year-old Tequila Forshee was shot and killed inside her grandmother’s home, family members and friends gathered in Miami Gardens to remember the girl’s legacy.
The mourners gathered at Lester B Park where she once played. Her father, Glenn, planted a tree in his daughter’s honor and placed a plaque near the tree to honor the girl he called his princess.
“And as this tree grows, remember I am here with you Princess Tequila,” Glenn said Thursday night.
Tequila was cut down when a gunman or gunmen opened fire on her grandmother’s home near the intersection of 42nd Avenue and 201st Street. Multiple members of the Forshee family were either shot or grazed by bullets. A total of five people were in the home at the time of the shooting.
Family members said Forshee was sitting on a couch getting her hair done when she was hit by one of the bullets. Her aunt, Cherina Forshee, said last year that she thought the shooting was gang related.
But since the shooting, Miami Gardens Police have been unable to find the shooter or shooters who took Tequila’s life. Glenn said Thursday that he feels the department is getting a lot closer to bringing Tequila’s murderer to justice.
“They have a lot,” Glenn said of the police case. “They’re just waiting to build the case a little bit, more so when the arrest is made, a conviction can follow.”
In the meantime, Glenn is trying to keep Tequila’s memory alive with the “Who’s Next” foundation. The group’s purpose is to prevent gun violence in Miami Gardens.
“We just wanted to build something so that her spirit could continue to live,” Glenn said.