The family of a slain teenager once worried about the cost of his burial can breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday.
On Christmas Day, Miami-Dade County Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the boy’s public school family would help cover the cost of the funeral.
Sixteen-year-old Bryan Herrera was fatally shot Saturday morning while riding a bike to his friend’s house. The teen was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center but died shortly after.
“As a father, as a teacher, as a superintendent, that’s unacceptable,” Carvalho told NBC 6 South Florida.
The superintendent also said that violence in the streets and in schools must be stopped.
“Today I am here with Bryan’s father to comfort him, to pray with him and to assure him that the fact that he lost his child is painful enough,” he said. “He should not worry about the funeral or the cost associated with it.”
William Herrera, the teen’s father, spoke with NBC 6 again about the pain his family is enduring this holiday season.
“I really have no feelings,” he said through tears. “My mind, my body, my family, we are all numb just thinking about what could have been through his mind in the last minutes.”
Bryan Herrera's father said that information from the community about his son’s killer is giving him strength.
“That’s what’s giving us some light in the future, that Bryan’s death was not lost in vain, that we are going to do something about this,” he said.
Police have little information about the crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.