Loved Ones Hold Vigil For 18-Year-Old Found Shot, Burnt

CBS4's Bobeth Yates reports Neel Curiel's is seeking answers following his heinous murder. Read more: https://cbsloc.al/3bxj4k7

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LAUREN PASTRANA: Unimaginable grief for a South Florida family, after a teenager was shot and then burned to death. Tonight his loved ones came together, praying that someone can help bring the killer to justice. CBS 4's Bobeth Yates has more from Southwest Miami-Dade.

BOBETH YATES: Candles are burning off in the distance, marking the spot where the 18-year-old's body was found. And now the police is asking the community for help.

Neel Curiel's family and friends couldn't hold back the tears. The group came together for a vigil honoring the slain teen.

JESSICA ORTIZ: It just doesn't feel real. I mean, I, I still don't know what to think. And just thinking about Neel not being with us is just-- I don't know what to say. It is devastating. It's devastating.

BOBETH YATES: Crime scene tape now marks the entrance to the trail where Neel's body was found. According to police, the 18-year-old was shot, then his body was burned. CBS 4 News spoke to Neel's grandfather, who says there is no justification for his grandson's death.

NARRATOR: It's not just me, his mother, his grandmother, his aunts and uncles and siblings-- we're all going through terrible pain. What they did was a crime. What they did to our boy, to shoot him and burn him. They burned him. He didn't deserve that.

BOBETH YATES: Neel recently graduated from high school, and was interested in going into the Army. Now his family says it's more than his dreams that are cut short.

JESSICA ORTIZ: He was just such a good person, really. Like, he had such a good heart, and he was a young kid. And he just was so accepting, and loving, and he was a very-- everyone loved Neel. We're all very close knit. We've a really close knit family, so we're all feeling the loss.

BOBETH YATES: His body was discovered by a canal along Southwest 187th Avenue and 8th Street near Mississippi Road Saturday morning, but his car was found hours later, miles away, near 8th Street and 216th. Police say they have few leads in this case and need your help.

JESSICA ORTIZ: We don't know. We don't have any of that information. We're trying to, we're trying to get answers. That's-- we're trying to get answers.

BOBETH YATES: Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers. Bobeth Yates, CBS 4 News Tonight.