Video shows moment South Florida man fatally struck by stray bullet at party

Posted at 8:49 AM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 09:11:10-05

KENDALL, Fla. — Disturbing footage shows the moment a Miami-Dade man was fatally struck in the chest by a stray bullet while attending a house party earlier this month.

The cellphone footage, obtained by Spanish language station Americateve , shows Yemil Arguelles, 40, enjoying himself at a party on Dec. 15 in the backyard of a Kendall home in the 7000 block of Southwest 159th Place as other partygoers dance and sing karaoke.

As the camera pans over, Arguelles is sitting with another man when a pop is heard and he suddenly grabs his chest before falling out of his chair. The confused party guests at first watch as Arguelles struggles on the ground before moving in to help him.

Miami-Dade Police said fire rescue workers responded to the home and determined the 40-year-old had been shot. Arguelles, who was a well-known priest in the Santeria religion, was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center where he later died.

Detectives determined the shot was not fired from the party location, and are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers.

"He leaves behind young children, his wife and his family members and at the time of this holiday season they’re all really upset and they’re asking for the community’s help to solve this case," Det. Zubair Khan said.

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