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Murder Miami Style: Maybe the NE Second Avenue Shooting Wasn't Just a Random Crime

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Gregory Poux was killed last night around the corner from New Times, at the Windwood Car Wash on NE Second Avenue.

The 34-year-old who lived up the street in Little Haiti was shot multiple times and then died at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The Miami Herald and cops portrayed the death as tragic. He cared for his handicapped mom. His son misses him.

Now, we don't mean to be insensitive. Maybe it was just a random crime and he was just a victim. But two things point to the fact that it might have been something more than just tragic.

First, his criminal record: Poux had been charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery, and most recently possession of pot. Four felonies since 1999. He was found guilty on some charges and cleared on others.

Second, Manny Rodriguez, a 62-year-old who has been using the car wash for more than 30 years, says it is no crime mecca. "I can't believe it," he told me. "In all the years I have been coming here, nothing like this has ever happened."

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