Watching Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talk to a University of South Florida criminology class, two things are apparent: the man is incredibly charming and he makes sure he knows his audience.

"Some of you don't know who I am," he said, pausing to flash a smile. "Ask your grandma!"

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The Liberty Square housing project in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood is one of the deadliest places in the City of Miami.

This year, in and around the housing project, 43 people have been shot. Seven of them died.

On Thursday night, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and other local officials listened as residents shared their frustrations about the crime.


  This past Sunday morning, 15 people were shot at a Miami night club.

The city and its surroundings have lived through numerous nightlife shootings. Bullets at bars and clubs have left at least 13 dead and 28 injured in Miami-Dade County since 2012.

Scroll below and click to the right and left of the slides to see some of the shootings that have occurred at nightlife spots since 2012.


Hundreds of mourners gathered at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest to remember Steven Sotloff, the South Florida native who was killed ​b​y militant extremists in Iraq.

​Video of Sotloff's beheading was released earlier this week.

On Friday afternoon,​ ​about 600 friends,​ ​family and complete strangers came together in memory of Sotloff.

"They want to celebrate his life, not just his death," said Robert Hersh, executive director of Temple Beth Am.

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Sheila McNeil watched the television newscasts from her Overtown apartment with a deep pain in her gut.

The shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., hit close to home.

“I know that mom is going through hell right now just trying to understand,” she says.

Three years, ago, her son Travis McNeil was killed by Miami police officer Reynaldo Goyos during a traffic stop.  Travis McNeil was 28. He was not armed.

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Remember the days when you could leave your front door unlocked? 

OK – neither can we. But if you want to live in a place where break-ins and other crimes are a rarity, you might want to give Parkland a try.

Jacksonville-based Safe Choice Security says the lush, green Broward County enclave is No. 1 on its list of the safest cities in Florida.

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Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police union is putting its full support behind Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department.

A recent post on the union’s website reads “We Support Officer Wilson.”

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Hermana Richardson clutches a grey shirt in her hand. She brings it to her face slowly and inhales.

“All I have is the smell of my son,” she says. “This is the last shirt he had on before he walked out of my house.”

Her son Kevin was killed on June 24 in one of the worst mass shootings in Miami’s history.

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Historically, Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood has had a dicey relationship with police. It's where the McDuffie race riots erupted in the 1980s.

In recent years, questionable police shootings further complicated community relations. And a prevalent no-snitch culture means few witnesses will cooperate with police.

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Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon was born and raised in Liberty City.

When he was elected into office eight months ago to represent District 5, Miami’s poorest district, he noted his personal connection to the area in his acceptance speech.

Hardemon, 30, was born in the James E. Scott public-housing  projects in Liberty City to a single mom.

He says he's experienced some of the storylines that come out of the neighborhood first-hand.

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Pastor Billy Strange is dressed in a floor-length black robe, his funeral attire.

A silver-blue casket topped with flowers rests near the altar.

Strange’s Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church sits just blocks away from the site of a June mass shooting that left seven people injured and two dead.

Strange tells the 100 mourners crowded inside the purple-and-white church he’s going to keep it real. 

Group Rallies A Year After Israel "Reefa" Hernandez's Death

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Jacqueline Hernandez-Llach hides her face behind a sign which reads “One year later... still no justice for Reefa.”

Her green eyes can’t keep the tears from rolling down her face as she begins to speak Wednesday night at the vigil for her son, 18-year-old Israel Hernandez-Llach.

“I can’t believe that it’s possible for 12 months to have gone by without any new information,” she said. “Every day that goes by I feel more pain, I think that State Attorney Katharine Fernandez Rundle wants to let the situation fade away.”

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A cyber bullying game spreading across Florida cities and other states has arrived to South Florida.

People are taking to social media sites to post and encourage others to post nude photos of friends and acquaintances without their consent, according to a release by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office.

This latest cyber bullying game is inspired by the recently released teen horror movie, The Purge: Anarchy.

The movie's storyline is that for 12-hours anyone can commit any crime without consequences.  


Miami-Dade County taxpayers are most likely on the hook for settlement payments in a county police sting operation where three alleged home invasion robbers were killed, along with the confidential police informant working with the department.

It happened in June 2011 in the Redland, and NBC 6 has an exclusive investigation.

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In Miami-Dade County, one organization is working to improve the quality of life for residents who live in neighborhoods affected by gang violence.

On Monday, the Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Strategy focused its efforts in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood after a spate of shootings in the past two months left four dead.