Kamil Patel, 29, was shot to death in an alley in Miami. Investigators are now scrambling to put together a timeline of the events in the hopes of catching the killer.
According to the Miami Herald, Patel's girlfriend, Katy Park, has attempted to recreate the scene on a Gofundme page set up to fund a reward for anyone who turns in information about the crime. Prada, Patel's former employer, has pledged $5,000 to the cause. At this moment, the page has raised around $20,000.
Security cameras show Patel and Park walking down Collins Court before a white four-door Honda Accord with tinted windows turns down the street.
“That’s when time stopped,” Park wrote. “A small African-American male got out of the passenger side of a white car pointing a gun at us. He fired two shots that hit Kamil in the left shoulder and abdomen, then got back in the car and disappeared.
“I am alive because Kamil protected me. He didn’t hesitate. His last words were ‘Katy, keep walking.’”
“I want the people who did this to know that there is an army of people, an army of resourced family, friends and co-workers, who will not rest until we find justice for Kamil Patel,” Park concluded.
Patel had moved to Miami earlier this month, according to Buffalo News.
“What I can tell you is our detectives are working around the clock trying to put the pieces together,” said Miami Beach spokeswoman Melissa Berthier, noting the difficulties in solving this particular crime. No motive is known for the shooting, nor was anything stolen from Patel to help indicate what had happened leading up to the killing.
“We don’t have any reason to believe the shooter or Mr. Patel knew each other," Berthier added.
Security footage shows the license of the car in question to be a temporary tag that reads CCP 4319.
The Honda apparently belongs to 54-year-old Orestes Conrado Marrero, who had reported the vehicle as stolen. Marrero's son was also reported as missing and has not been found.
No links have been established between the missing Marrero and Patel's death.
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