Detectives Arrest, Charge Three Men In Killing of Gabriela “Gabi” Aldana, 17, from Miami-Dade Drive-by Shooting Almost Two Years Ago, In May 2019

Yondeivis Wongden-Hernandez, 26, of Doral, was charged with second-degree murder while Randy Rodriguez-Fernandez, 21, of Doral and Carlos Paterson-Torres, 29, of Opa Locka, were both charged with accessory after the fact..

UPDATE MARCH 31, 2021, 5:46 PM: The Aldana family has requested that their privacy be respected during these difficult times. However, according to Miami-Dade Police Department, the family has provided a statement.

“We would like to take this moment to thank the Miami-Dade Police Department for a job well done.  We are very grateful to the investigators, for working tirelessly and never giving up on our daughter’s case.  We thank the community for always giving us support with words of encouragement and prayers.  We will allow the justice system to take its course and we hope these individuals receive the maximum weight of the law.”

Aldana Family

“Queremos tomar este momento para dar las gracias al Departamento de Policía de Miami-Dade por su gran labor.  Estamos eternamente agradecidos a los investigadores que trabajaron incasablemente y nunca se rindieron en el caso de nuestra hija.  Le queremos dar las gracias a la comunidad por su apoyo y sus oraciones.  Dejaremos que el sistema judicial tome su curso y esperamos que estos individuos reciban la pena máxima de la ley.”

Familia Aldana

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL – Three man have been identified, apprehended and charged in connection with a 2019 homicide where a 17-year-old female was killed in a drive-by shooting in Miami. According to investigators, on May 24, 2019 at approx. 2:05 a.m., the victim, Gabriela “Gabi” Aldana, was standing in a shopping center parking lot with friends at the Hookah Palace at 11865 SW 26 St., in Miami-Dade’s Tamiami neighborhood when she was approached by an unknown car. Shots were fired from inside the vehicle, striking Gabriela. The vehicle then sped off from the scene prior to Miami-Dade Police units arriving. 


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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded and transported Gabriela to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where she later died.

According to charging affidavits, warrants were issued for the three men on March 29, 2021 and they were taken into custody the next day, today, March 30, 2021. Arrest records detail that Yondeivis Wongden-Hernandez, 26, of Doral, was charged with second-degree murder while Randy Rodriguez-Fernandez, 21, of Doral and Carlos Paterson-Torres, 29, of Opa Locka, were both charged with accessory after the fact.

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