It has been a violent week in Miami Gardens, but community leaders and victims spoke out to stop the violence at New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church Wednesday. Resident Larrie Lovett, Miami Gardens Police Major Alfred Lewers and church Pastor Eric Readon spoke about the issue.
Local residents, reacting to two slayings that happened over the weekend in Miami Gardens, gathered at a church Wednesday to push for peace.
“We’ve got to recreate that spirit that I am my brother's keeper,” said Larrie Lovett, a lifelong Miami Gardens resident.
Major Alfred Lewers, with the Miami Gardens Police Department, said: “When we have one of these shootings, it hurts us, it hurts us as a police department almost as much as the families who have to deal with the loss of a loved one.”
Andrew Johnson, a 10-year veteran of Miami-Dade’s Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, was gunned down in his driveway in the area of Northwest 211th Street and Northwest 27th Avenue about 7:50 p.m. Saturday, according to Miami-Dade Police.
Sunday afternoon, Miami Gardens car wash owner Errold Peart was shot and killed when he tried to stop a robbery near his business, family and friends said.
No arrests have been made in either case.
Anyone with information about the cases can call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.