Miami-Dade County

Grandfather Dies After Shooting at Boost Mobile Store in Miami

Walter Castañeda Sr. owned the store where he was shot and killed, family members said

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Family members are mourning the death of a grandfather who was shot and killed during an apparent robbery at a store in Miami.

Several shots were fired outside a Boost Mobile store on Northwest 12th Avenue & 5th Street in Little Havana Friday. The apparent robbery was caught on camera and ended with the store owner dead.

The victim has been identified by family members as 64-year-old Walter Castañeda Sr.

“I just don’t understand why these people destroyed his life,” said Walter Castañeda Jr., the victim’s son.

Castañeda Jr. said his father was closing up shop for the night when a man in an orange hoodie approached him to steal a bag of money.

“He was carrying with him a lunch bag,” Castañeda Jr said. “I believe he used to put money in the lunch bag of what was done that day, how much he accumulated of sales.”

Castañeda Jr. says his father fired back but the robber managed to escape quickly with a person waiting in a white sedan.

“We need to find this person no matter what,” Castañeda Jr. said.

The violent altercation happened as Castañeda’s grandchildren were waiting for him in the car. Video shows a baby and several other people were just steps away when the shots were fired.

“l hope anybody see anything just to call and help me find this man,” Castañeda Jr. said. “He can run but we’ll find him.”

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