Miami Family Pleads For Witnesses To Come Forward in Jitney Shooting

Tyrell Burns, 19, was killed in the incident early Saturday

By Amara Sohn
|  Tuesday, May 15, 2012  |  Updated 8:33 PM EDT
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A Miami family is pleading for witnesses to help detectives nab two young men who shot and killed 19-year-old Tyrell Burns. Tevis Bacon, the mother of Tyrell Burns, and Sgt. Ervins Ford spoke in a news conference.

A Miami family is pleading for witnesses to help detectives nab two young men who shot and killed 19-year-old Tyrell Burns. Tevis Bacon, the mother of Tyrell Burns, and Sgt. Ervins Ford spoke in a news conference.

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A Miami family is pleading for witnesses to help detectives nab two young men who shot and killed 19-year-old Tyrell Burns.

Miami Police Sgt. Ervins Ford says the teen was targeted at 12:30 a.m. Saturday as he and his cousin boarded a jitney bus near NW 7th Avenue and NW 75th Street.

The two were leaving a birthday party when two suspects ran up behind them and began shooting at them. Burns fell out of the bus a block away and died in the street, police said.

The bus driver was also shot but he was able to drive away. Both the driver and Burns’ cousin were rushed to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital and survived, police said.

At a news conference Tuesday at the Miami Police headquarters, Tevis Bacon, the victim's mother, said she has forgiven the suspects and urged them to turn themselves in.

Police say there were many witnesses to the crime including the other passengers in the jitney bus and dozens who were eating at Jumbo's Restaurant nearby. Ford says the more people remain quiet, the more brazen the crimes become.

No witnesses have yet come forward. If you have any information, you can leave an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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