Miami Police Department

Family Mourns Teen Shot Dead in Little Haiti

The Miami Police Department has identified the person shot dead in Little Haiti on Wednesday as 16-year-old Jose Velez.

The shooting occurred in the area of NE Miami Place and 58th Street. Jose was known as Chelito.

He was also known for his smile. A vigil was held in his name on Thursday.

"He was a smiling kid  – never mad or sad. If you met him, you would know what we were talking about," a family member said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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