Family Seeks Answers After Teen Found Dead in SW Miami-Dade

Neel Curiel's body was found near a canal along Southwest 187th Avenue; his blue Honda Civic was found hours later

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Miami-Dade Police are continuing their investigation into the death of a 18-year-old this past weekend - while family members say they hope someone comes forward with information to help.

Neel Curiel's body was found near a canal along Southwest 187th Avenue. His blue Honda was discovered Monday in another location south of the scene.  Family members say he was taken too soon and they are still left without answers.

"He was just a boy. He was only 18 years old, but he was just a boy," said Curiel's aunt, Yamiley Martinez.

The family is thankful for those who have commented on their social media posts since the tragedy, but now they need help from someone who knows what happened.

"So we can finally have peace and know who did this crime and justice can be served," Martinez added.

Tuesday night, his family and friends returned to the scene to honor his memory. Flowers and candles now mark the spot where his body was found.

NBC 6's Julie Leonardi has more as the family of 18-year-old Neel Curiel are asking for the public's help.

“He had such a good heart,” said Jessica Ortiz, Curiel’s cousin. “He was a young kid. He was so accepting and loving.”

Miami-Dade Police confirm this is a homicide investigation. However, it was his family who said the 18-year old was shot and burned.

“Everyone loved Neel. Everyone that met Neel, loved Neel. I don’t understand how somebody could do this,” said Ortiz, through tears. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS. A $10,000 reward is available for any information leading to an arrest.

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