Street Named for Miami Girl Killed in School Bus Shooting

A Miami teen who was killed in a shooting on a school bus will be honored with a street naming ceremony Wednesday.

A portion of South Dixie Highway between Southwest 296th Street and Southwest 288th Street will be named Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus Street in honor of the 13-year-old girl who was killed in the November 2012 shooting.

"It is our hope and wish that the life of Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus will live on forever, and that by naming this road for her, we will call attention to the issue of gun violence and the need to better protect our children," said Ronald Book, an attorney for the family.

The other teen involved in the shooting, Jordyn Howe, is serving a year in a residential juvenile program after accepting a plea deal in June. A judge has also ordered him to perform extensive community service, including going to schools and talking about gun violence.

Howe, who had been charged with manslaughter with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor, will also be under the court's jurisdiction until he turns 21.

Police said the teens were on their way to school on the private bus when the boy took the firearm out of his backpack and displayed it. The gun went off, hitting Guzman-DeJesus as the bus was in the area of Southwest 296th Street and Southwest 137th Avenue in Homestead.

Guzman-DeJesus, a student at Palm Glades Preparatory Academy, was taken to Miami Children's Hospital, where she later died.

The street will "serve as a continual reminder of the promising life that was lost and the immediate need for a local collaborative effort to eliminate the unnecessary destruction of any others," Rep. Kionne McGhee (D-Miami) said in a statement.

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