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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Don’t look for rallies for these victims

NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities are investigating a shooting that occurred outside a funeral home. The shooting happened at around 9:30 p.m. Friday outside of Funeraria Latina Emmanuel funeral home along West Dixie Highway and 149th Street.

NORTH MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Fourteen people have been shot and two are dead in what may be one of the worst mass shootings in South Florida history.

A 5-year-old girl, identified by her family only as Mckayla, was shot in the leg and hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital along with eleven other victims.

Aventura Police Sgt. Chris Goranitis told CBS4 News the funeral was for 21-year-old Morvin Andre who died on March 16th, one day after he jumped from the 4th to 2nd floor of the Aventura Mall parking garage in an effort to escape pursuit by Bloomingdale’s loss prevention employees.

Meantime, a senior police commander told CBS4 investigative reporter Jim DeFede that Andre had some connection to several South Florida gangs and some of those gang members were in attendance at his wake to pay their respects.

The commander said someone at the wake touched Andre’s body in the casket in a way that other gangs took as disrespectful. This led to an argument inside the funeral home which spilled out to the street.

Members of one gang retrieved an assault rifle and a handgun from a car and opened fire at other gang members in front of the funeral home, according to the CBS4 source. (More)

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