Miami Gardens police have arrested a suspect in the death of a woman killed by a stray bullet in December.
Police said that Donald Elex Young, 52, fired the fatal shot that killed Alicia Roundtree,43, as she was traveling westbound on Northwest 183rd Street near the North Dade Regional Library on Dec. 9.
Young was arrested on Jan. 23. He is being held with no bond and is being charged with first degree murder and seven counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Alicia Roundtree was returning home from gathering newspapers to clip coupons when she was hit with the bullet.
The victim’s sister, Sherrell Roundtree, said that she is grateful of the department for making a swift arrest in her sister’s cause. But she still doesn’t have the closure she needs to understand the senseless crime.
“I’m so emotional, not sleeping and truly can’t come to grasp about the whole thing,” said Sherrell Roundtree. “As a grown man of such age, I still can’t believe he made such actions.”
Young has no other felonies on record, but he was arrested in 2004 for a misdemeanor battery charge that was later dismissed.
During the December incident, police say a motorist in another vehicle struck Young’s vehicle with a shot from a BB gun as he traveled along Northwest 22nd Avenue near 175th Street.
Police say Young located the vehicle he thought was responsible for the shots parked next to another vehicle at North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St. He then opened fire on both cars and the seven people inside. The two vehicles fled through the parking lot, police said. Young then fired at the vehicles in the direction of Northwest 183rd Street, striking Roundtree.
Sherrell Roundtree said that she cannot understand how someone could be so lawless and careless with others’ lives.
“Yes, I lost my sister, but how could you just shoot at those kids like that? Why did you feel you had to take the law into your hands?” She asked.
“Mr. Young don’t and may not never understand what he did to our family, but most importantly my sister’s kids,” said Sherrell Roundtree.
Alicia Roundtree had an 11-year-old daughter and two young adult sons, who all lived with her in Miami Gardens.
The victim’s sister said that her nephews are finding it the hardest to cope, and the family is doing what they can to support each other. But she has an important message for the suspect.
“I can’t put my finger on what made you act out in such a way, but as long as there is breath in my body, I’m going to be at every court date there is,” said Sherrell Roundtree.
The grieving sister said she wants to make sure that justice is served.
“You have to pay for what you did to my sister: A mother, sister, friend and hard worker,” she said.
This story was originally published in The Miami Times Jan. 31, 2018.