Bakersfield man fatally shot in Miami for cell phone

Police say two teenaged boys shot and killed 54-year-old Jerry Sherrell after he refused to give up his cell phone.
BAKERSFIELD, CA - He was shot and killed in Miami, Florida after refusing to give up his cell phone. Now, the family of a Bakersfield man is mourning his death and struggling to come to grips with what happened.

Miami police say 54-year-old Jerry Sherrell was a block away from his home when two boys, ages 14 and 16, tried to rob him of his cell phone at gunpoint. After Sherrell resisted, police say the 14-year-old shot him multiple times.

Sherrell died at a Miami hospital. Police say the two teenaged suspects were looking to rob someone that night when they spotted Sherrell. Officers arrested the 16-year-old Monday, but the alleged shooter is still on the run.

Sherrell was born and raised in Bakersfield. He was in Miami working on the Port of Miami tunnel as a mechanic.

One of his daughters, Wyona Weeden, says he was supposed to go to Arkansas on Friday to see her and give his granddaughter a car for her 16th birthday. Weeden says her father meant everything to her and his grandchildren.

"My father was just a wonderful man and this was a senseless act. It should've never happened," Weeden said. "I could understand it if it was cancer or a car accident, but two boys just full of hate taking my dad away from his family, I have no words for that."

Sherrell leaves behind two daughters and two sons-in-law, whom he considered his own. Weeden says she plans to have her father cremated and his remains brought to Arkansas.

The 16-year-old suspect is charged with first degree murder and officials say he will be tried as an adult.

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