Group Rallies A Year After Israel "Reefa" Hernandez's Death

Aug 7, 2014

Supporters demanding justice march along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach as they mark a year since the death of Israel Hernandez-Llach, 18.
Credit Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

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.”

Her son, a young artist known as “Reefa,” died Aug. 6, 2013, after an altercation with Miami Beach police. They caught Hernandez-Llach in the act of “tagging” or writing graffiti on the wall of a shuttered McDonald’s, chased him when he ran and shot him with a Taser. He later died.

In the months that have followed, the Hernandez-Llach family has held several events to protest Israel’s death and bring awareness to the case.

“Justice hasn’t been made,” said Offir Hernandez-Llach, Israel’s sister. “We’ve seen no changes and we’re not simply going to forget. We’re not going to give up because we don’t believe that my brother’s death was in vain.”

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