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Miami Gardens Errold Pearts killer arrested last week

caines | 6/20/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Family says community tips, good policing made the difference Investigators with the Miami Gardens Police Department [MGPD] arrested Jamere Hanna, 19, last Wednesday, charging him with first-degree murder and two counts of armed robbery. Hanna allegedly shot and killed Errold Peart, 59, the long-time owner of a popular car wash business in the parking lot of the U-Gas station [19101 NW 2nd Ave.] on Dec. 2nd of last year. Peart died at the hands of Hanna after intervening in the attempted robbery of a customer. According to the State Attorneys Office, Hanna has an extensive criminal record, including auto theft, possession of marijuana, burglary and more. Police records indicate that he was one of two armed suspects involved in the attempted robbery and shooting. We are still actively seeking information from the public because there is another suspect that is still at large, said MGPD Detective Mike Wright. We dont have a concrete ID on him so we need the public to continue to share any information they may have with our Department or with Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers. Tips from the community gave us crucial leads in apprehending Hanna and while the family can rest easier we will find the second suspect and bring them to justice.

First Fathers Day without dad

Pearts surviving family, including his wife, Dawn Barrett, 53, and two adult children, say its been a difficult seven months for them since he was senselessly murdered. Upon hearing the news that Pearts shooter had been arrested, Barrett said, I felt relieved but that feeling was bitter sweet. It was like reliving the entire horror all over again, she said. I have cried a lot of tears and havent been able to eat much. But I am happy that my husbands murderer has been caught and I thank the police, my pastor [Rev. Eric Readon, New Beginning MBC] and especially the community. Errold was a problem solver and had a great sense of humor. Its like our life has been taken from us and we miss him every day. Barrett says the family business has remained closed since her husbands death and that she has no plans to ever re-open it. Pearts son, Dameion, 33, celebrated his birthday last Sunday, Fathers Day. It was his first without his dad. The arrest brought the whole thing back and the day was pretty emotional for me and my sister [Mishka], Dameion said. Shes doing rotations now at Jackson Hospital North and wanted him there for her graduation from medical school. I just wish I had had more time with my father. Still, we are grateful because the media and the police asked for the community to call with any information and they did. One voice and one just one call can make a difference. The familys pastor, Readon, says he commends the Miami Gardens police for aggressively pursuing the case and doing all they could to make our community safer. We are seeing an increase in serious crimes being committed by young men that are in their late teens and early 20s, he said. Some of them are savable others have decided that theyre going to travel down the wrong road. Prayer still works but we also need to get more involved as a community and confront some serious issues that continue to plague the Black community. Anyone with information should contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com