Family, Friends to Gather at Vigil for Slain Car Wash Owner

Errold Peart was killed Sunday afternoon after he tried to stop a robbery near his business.

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012  |  Updated 12:50 PM EDT
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A candlelight vigil was scheduled Tuesday night for the man fatally shot near his northwest Miami-Dade car wash.

Errold Peart was killed Sunday afternoon after he tried to stop a robbery near his business. Friends and family will gather at 7:30 p.m. at Errold's Car Wash and Detailing, located on U.S. Route 441 and 191st Street, to remember him.

His son Damian Peart told NBC 6 that his father was shot once in the head and once on his left side.

"Somebody tried to hold up one of his customers, he of course went over to him and they shot him, twice," said Tanya Solis, Peart's friend. "He lost his life trying to save another's."

His wife told NBC 6 South Florida that this wasn't the first armed robbery the 59-year-old was a victim of.

“From November to December every year, that's his busiest time from now back to spring, and every single year at this time he got held up every year and he escaped every single one,” said Dawn Barrett.

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Family and friends say Peart dedicated his life to the car wash business, spending seven days a week there.

"Everybody knew his name, this place was always packed with cars," customer Lina Wallace said.

Those who would like to help in the cost for his burial can donate to Wells Fargo account 5766910227.

Miami Gardens Police are searching for two young men in connection the fatal shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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