By Jueseppi B.
Kijuan Byrd was shot and killed in a parking lot outside Club Lexx in Northwest Miami-Dade, according to authorities. Another unarmed man, Michael Smathers, was also shot and remains in the hospital, officials said.
The security guard who opened fire and allegedly shot Byrd six times is claiming a “stand your ground” defense, according to attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing Byrd’s family.
The seven-year-old law allows a person to meet force with force if they reasonably believe they are in danger of being killed or seriously harmed.
Crump will be holding a press conference Friday at the Range Funeral Home to seek answers in the case.
The family of a man shot and killed by a security guard at a Miami strip club last week wants to know why the shooter has not been arrested.
Kijuan Byrd and Michael Smathers were in a pickup truck outside Club Lexx last Friday night when a security guard working at the club shot them, Miami-Dade police said. The families said both men were unarmed, but they were shot multiple times.
Byrd was pronounced dead at the scene. Smathers, 30, remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His sister said he is fighting for his life, and if he lives, he may be paralyzed.
Byrd was a football star at Norland High School, worked as an electrician and has a 3-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son.
His family wants to know why the security guard hasn’t been arrested, comparing his case to that of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman, 28, was arrested on a second-degree murder charge after initially avoiding arrest because he claimed self-defense in Martin’s shooting.
“He was my baby. He was my youngest son,” said Byrd’s father, Donald Byrd. “He was shot twice in the back.”
“He’s gone. My baby is dead, and it’s senseless. I don’t understand why, and I don’t know what I’m going to tell my grandbabies,” said his mother, Arlene Byrd.
“Again we are here with another stand your ground claim and another unarmed black man shot and killed and nobody arrested,” said attorney Benjamin Crump.
Crump is the same attorney who has represented Martin’s parents.
Byrd’s family is preparing funeral arrangements and asking for answers.
A representative of the Miami-Dade Police Department said the department does not have a comment because the case is still open and police are still investigating.
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