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.”
Friends of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez held a news conference in response to his autopsy report released last week, seven months after his death. The teen died in August after being shot with a stun gun by Miami Beach police when he was caught defacing an abandoned building. The autopsy report says Hernandez's death was "accidental through electrical discharge." Now, the State Attorney's office must finish investigating before they can decide whether or not to press charges in the death.
Isabel Rodrey, 18, of Hollywood, weeps as she remembers her friend, Israel Hernandez-Llach, who died Tuesday after a tasering by Miami Beach police. Dozens gathered to mourn Hernandez's death on Saturday, August 10.
The death of 18 year-old graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach has brought renewed attention to the Miami Beach police department. Police tasered Hernandez on Aug. 6 after he spray-painted the wall of a shuttered McDonald's restaurant on Collins Avenue and 71st Street.