This past September 8, 20-year-old Christopher Headley grabbed a cup of fruit punch and walked out the door of his uncle Paul Neil's Miramar apartment. Fifteen hours later he was dead -- shot four times in the head and chest.
The really horrible thing about Chris's death -- which I detail in a column in this week's New Times -- is that both the media and the cops dropped the ball. Chris's mom, Kristina Mahoney, an accomplished woman with two Master's Degrees, says there was no investigation. And neighbors confirm this. Moreover, when I walked through the complex where he was shot in Miami Gardens, there were pretty good indications about what might have happened.
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I put together this slide show -- narrated by Paul Neil and a woman on the scene when the murder happened -- about Chris's life and death. It details the shortcomings of the officials' work and Chris's tragic life.
Miami Gardens, by the way, is Dade County's murder capital. The 22 people who died there in 2010 was the largest total of any city in these parts except Miami proper. Fort Lauderdale, by comparison, totaled only seven killings.