Suspect in Grandmother's Murder in Miami Gardens Surrenders

A man suspected in the fatal shooting of a grandmother inside her Miami Gardens home has surrendered to authorities on Friday, police said.

Miami Gardens police say 25-year-old Lerio Minnis is responsible for the April 4 death of 63-year-old Danette "Dee Dee" Simmons.

Minnis has been charged with second-degree murder with a weapon, second-degree murder with a deadly weapon/aggravated battery/attempt and shooting a deadly missile into a dwelling, police said.

He was transported to jail. Attorney information was not available.

"What you did that night, you shifted lives," said Courtney Johnson, Simmons' sister. "You shifted grandchildren's lives that I cannot even explain what they're going through. The fear, the worry, the crying, the nightmares."

Simmons was found dead by first responders at her home in the 18800 block of NW 17th Court. Family members say Simmons' dog wandered into a neighbor's yard and as someone returned the pet, strangers allegedly showed up saying the dog belonged to them. 

Police said Minnis fired into Simmons' home, fatally injuring her.

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