Coral Gables Student Fatally Shot

A school picture of Danny Alvarez, who was fatally shot on Jan. 7, 2018.

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A school picture of Danny Alvarez, who was fatally shot on Jan. 7, 2018.

Tragedy is often spoken about as being a part of everyday life, as news headlines regarding all sorts of crimes are littered across our phones and televisions on a daily basis. Such tragedy often seems distant and unfamiliar, typically lacking a face and a personal connection. However, just last week, 17-year old Gables senior Danny Alvarez, just a few months shy of his 18th birthday, was fatally shot in the back.

Around 1 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, police arrived at the intersection of 31st Avenue and 4th street in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami to a reported homicide. Danny Alvarez was getting into his friend’s car when he was shot in the back. His friend quickly rushed him to Coral Gables Hospital where he died of his gunshot wounds. The search for the perpetrator is well underway, with the only evidence thus far being the vehicle used to take Mr. Alvarez to the hospital. The Miami-Dade Police Department is urging anyone with any knowledge on the situation to call 305-471-TIPS.

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“He was a good kid and didn’t deserve to have left us so early and in the way he did. It is now time for our justice system to find and punish the individual responsible. I really do hope that from this tragedy, our community can learn how to best prevent this from ever happening again.”

— junior Alejandra de Alba

With many of the details and motives still unclear, one thing is certain: the Alvarez family and the entire community of Coral Gables High has lost a charismatic and friendly member. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who loved Danny.

“I pray for Danny and his family after such a horrific event. His memory will live on through the light he radiated to everyone around him” senior Leilani Gonzalez said