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17-year-old accused in fatal shooting of handyman in Coral Gables to be tried as adult

CORAL GABLES, FLA. – A teenage suspect accused in the fatal shooting of a 67-year-old man will be tried as an adult, authorities said.

Seventeen-year-old Jermaine Walker appeared in court on Saturday evening. He faces a list of charges, including first-degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon.

Eighteen-year-old Gary Ragin also faces a murder charge in connection the July 22 crime.

Police said the duo approached Jorge Romero-Gil while the victim was at work in an alleyway near Ten Aragon Condominium along Aragon Avenue, just a block off Miracle Mile, July 22.

Investigators said the suspects, who were wearing ski masks, demanded Romero-Gil’s belongings at gunpoint, but even after the victim handed the robbers what they wanted, Walker shot him at close range.

Walker is being held without bond.

Alfred Duncan

Alfred Duncan is a senior editor at The South Florida Daily, where he oversees our coverage of politics, misinformation, health and economics. Alfred is a former reporter and editor for BuzzFeed News, National Geographic and USA Today.

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