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For Immediate Release:
December 03, 2016

Media Contact:
Det. Alvaro Zabaleta

Topic: Homicide
Case #: PD161202454328
Date & Time of Occurrence: 12/02/2016 at 10:38 p.m.
Address of Occurrence: 10899 SW 4 Street
  Miami, Florida
Subject #1:
Subject's Name: Unknown, (/)
Deceased #1:
Deceased's Name: Michael Nicholas Zaldua, (W/M)
Deceased's DOB: 12/10/1994
Deceased's Age: 21
Deceased's Address: 8999 NW 107 Court
  Miami, Florida


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

The Miami-Dade Police Department, Homicide Bureau is investigating an incident where a person was shot and killed.  Investigators say that the Sweetwater Police Department, along with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue were dispatched to an apartment complex in reference to a male shot.  Once on scene, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue pronounced the victim deceased.  According to witnesses, gunshots were heard in the parking garage.  They then walked into the garage and discovered a male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  Investigators were able to locate the victim's vehicle were it was discovered that he ws a student at Florida International University (FIU).  The location of the incident is not on the property of FIU. 

"We are saddened to learn that Michael Zaldua was an FIU student.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.  The university will be offering support to students who feel impacted by this tragedy.  Although there is nothing to indicate there is any danger to our FIU community, this incident serves as a reminder to be vigilant of your surrounding and report any unusual activity to police." said Dianne Fernandez, Broadcast Media Manager. 

"I want our residents to know that we are working closely with the Miami-Dade Police Department as they investigate this incident. The Sweetwater Police Department ensures that our community is safe and that this is an isolated incident." said Chief Placido Diaz, Sweetwater Police Chief.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers
(305)471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477
Visit and select “Give a Tip”
Send a text message to 274637. Enter CSMD followed by the tip information and press send.

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