Suspect Arrested in Murder of Man Who Tried To Break Up Fight at Baptism Party: North Miami Beach Police

Louis Kenson Avril, 26, of North Miami faces several charges, police said

By Edward B. Colby
|  Friday, Jan 10, 2014  |  Updated 11:21 PM EDT
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A suspect was arrested Friday in connection with the recent fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man at a baptism party, North Miami Beach Police said.

Detectives arrested Louis Kenson Avril, 26, of North Miami, who faces charges of premeditated murder with a firearm and attempted premeditated murder with a firearm and reckless display of a firearm, police said.

Wilson Alexis was shot early Sunday as he tried to break up a fight over food and utensils at a baptism party for a 5-month-old boy in North Miami Beach, according to police.

A group of uninvited guests showed up at the party at 15880 NE 15 Ave. after it was announced on the social media site TAGGED, police said. An argument started between one of the uninvited guests and a kitchen helper over the lack of utensils and food, so the homeowner told everyone to leave, according to police.

The argument escalated as people moved out onto the street. Four to five women started to physically fight with one man, so Alexis tried to intervene, police said. At some point, two shots were fired and one of them struck Alexis, police said.

He was taken to Ryder Trauma Center where he later died.

It wasn't immediately known whether Avril has an attorney.

North Miami Beach Police ask anyone with information on the case to call a detective at 305-949-5500 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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