Family Mourns Victim of North Miami Beach Basketball Court Murder

Police say teen shot man on basketball court after verbal argument

By Brian Hamacher and Willard Shepard
|  Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012  |  Updated 7:39 PM EDT
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Authorities have arrested 19-year-old Nalord James Marc in the killing of 21-year-old James Gelin. NBC 6 reporter Willard Shepard interviews Gelin's relatives, including his mother, Cherelle Olibrice.

Authorities have arrested 19-year-old Nalord James Marc in the killing of 21-year-old James Gelin. NBC 6 reporter Willard Shepard interviews Gelin's relatives, including his mother, Cherelle Olibrice.

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The mourning relatives of a man slain in North Miami Beach say they’re happy an arrest has been made.

Nalord James "Buzz" Marc, 19, was charged with first-degree murder following his arrest Tuesday in the Dec. 1 shooting death of 21-year-old James Gelin, North Miami Beach Police said.

“I'm happy that they arrested him but that can never bring back my child,” said Gelin’s mother, Cherelle Olibrice. “That's my son.”

She said: “No parent can cope with that because, you know? How am I going to cope with that? I have three kids and one is not here. I can never cope with that.”

Gelin’s family showed recent photos of him. They consider the pictures more important than ever now.

“We went to go see where he was and that's when we found out he died on the scene,” said Gelin’s sister, Alana Coreus.

Gelin was playing basketball with 15-20 others at the courts in the 2000 block of Northeast 169th Street when he was shot four to five times. When police arrived, they found the court empty except for Gelin's body.

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As detectives began investigating the murder and interviewing witnesses, they continued to hear the nickname "Buzz," police said. Buzz was later identified as Marc, who lives in the neighborhood, police said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Marc, who was located with the help of the Secret Service, Operation Wolfpack and US Marshals and taken into custody Tuesday, police said.

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Marc later admitted to shooting Gelin and it's believed that just before the shooting, the two had a verbal altercation on the court, police said.

Police are asking anyone with any more information on the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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