Police are investigating after a musician and bartender at a trendy Miami bar was found shot to death inside his home.
Louis Salgar, a bartender at the Broken Shaker, was found dead inside his home at Northeast 86th Street and 8th Court, friends and family said. Police said Salgar's roommate found the 28-year-old's lifeless body around 3 p.m.
Detectives are investigating the death but police haven't given any other information.
Customers at one of Louis’ bars, Gramps, continue to ask for Salgar by name.
“At the end of the workday, Louis was there to make a good solid drink and have good conversation with,” said customer Matthew Louis. “He’s just a good guy. It’s like losing a brother in the neighborhood.”
The Sunday before the murder, Gramps got dressed up for a wedding and Salgar and his girlfriend were guests.
“They were having a really nice time, him and his girlfriend, on the other side of the bar,” said Nadia Bisio, a Gramps bartender. “I just took care of them. When they had to leave, I said my last goodbye to him. So it’s very weird.”
The search for the shooter, or shooters, has detectives in Miami and Palm Beach County working closely together. Palm Beach authorities told local media in West Palm Beach that the 28-year-old may have been the victim of a home invasion/robbery.
Two suspects in Palm Beach County were being sought Tuesday night. The search in the county was triggered after Palm Beach Police got a call of an abandoned Honda Accord that had crashed into bushes near the Breakers. Palm Beach Police believe the vehicle may belong to the murdered bartender.
Back at the Broken Shaker in Miami Beach, colleagues and friends remembered him by serving Mezcal and playing punk rock, Salgar was in a punk band.
“Everyone knew him and loved him, and he will leave a legacy behind,” said Bisio. “I think that was the unique thing about Wynwood, we all kind of created a neighborhood together. My heart goes out to their loved ones.”