Miami-Dade County

Police Investigating Man's Killing Near Popular Miami Bar

The killing happened back on the night of June 22 in the area of 2108 Southwest 57th Avenue, near Duffy's Tavern, Miami-Dade Police officials said Friday

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Police are investigating the killing of a man near a popular Miami bar last month.

The killing happened back on the night of June 22 in the area of 2108 Southwest 57th Avenue, near Duffy's Tavern, Miami-Dade Police officials said Friday.

Police said the victim, 52-year-old Robert Padgett Jr., was involved in a physical confrontation that left him dead.

Padgett was staying in the area when he was hit during the attack, his mother said.

"I don’t know whether on the face or the back of his neck, but when he was hit, he was shaking and he was just holding his head," Blanca Cibrian said.

Cibrian called her son just after the incident, and an unknown man answered Padgett's cellphone.

"And I said, put him on the phone," she said. "He says, no, I can't. Then I heard somebody, a lady, saying, 'Robert, breathe, Robert, breathe.'"

Homicide detectives are investigating Padgett's death and are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

"He needs to be arrested and pay for whatever he did to my kid," Cibrian said.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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