Police say woman who was shot and killed at Miami house party was caught in crossfire

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Alexandra Dean had her whole life ahead of her. At 23 years old, she had just graduated from Nova Southeastern University and was going to become a nurse so that she could help others. But on Saturday, she was gunned down during a birthday party at Miami Gardens.

“It’s just devastating,” said her mother, Pauline Dean.

“I had that child when I was 44 years old. When I was an old lady. So it’s like a friend, a companion, a confidant, everything. And I was so proud of her. I was surprised when they told me she was at a birthday party and they had guns.”

What’s worse, Dean had been in Jamaica in order to bury her father when her children called to tell her that she needed to fly home immediately. She returned early Sunday morning to find friends and family waiting at home for her.

“God gave me Alex for 23 years and five months,” Dean told CSBS4 Reporter Donna Rapado. “And I’m really happy spending quality time together. We did some of the best things together. We went places the other kids have never gone.”

Though she does not know who shot her daughter, she is already extending her forgiveness.

“She was a wonderful child. Someone had the nerve to take my child from me,” she told Rapado. “I wish they would be man enough to come and say, ‘I did it. I’m sorry.’ Every time I look at her picture it hurts way down here. There’s a hole in there. I don’t think it will ever be filled.”