Slain Officers Honored With Street Naming

Miami-Dade cops were killed in the line of duty in January

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Mourners remember Miami-Dade two cops killed in the line of duty.

    Two Miami-Dade police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty will be honored with a street named after them.

    A portion of SW 56th Street will be re-named "Officers Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth Street."

    County commissioners approved the resolution at a meeting Tuesday.

    The newly co-designated road will stretch from SW 97th Avenue to the Palmetto Expressway.

    Condolences poured in from around the state when both detectives were killed on January 20, 2011. Castillo and Haworth were serving a felony warrant to Johnny Simms, a career criminal wanted for murder, at a Liberty City residence.

    As Simms’ mother opened the door for the detectives, Simms opened fire, killing both Castillo and Haworth. Another officer on the scene shot and killed Simms.

    “As a former Miami-Dade police lieutenant, the deaths of Detectives Castillo and Haworth hit especially hard for me,” said Commission Chairman Joe Martinez. “However, during the officers’ public memorial, it was an amazing moment to see the community almost come to a standstill and pay their respects to the fallen officers.”

    Detectives Castillo and Haworth had more than 40 years of police experience between them.

    Roger Castillo was known as a loving husband to his wife of 16 years, Debbie, and a wonderful father to his three young sons, Brian, Michael, and Anthony.

    Amanda Haworth was described by friends as a devoted mother to her two sons, Austin and Jordon. She is also survived by her parents, three sisters, and life partner, Rosie Diaz.