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.