I had been in Atlanta for work last week and was meeting friends in West Palm Beach for the weekend. Since Kamil had just moved to Miami, it was a perfect excuse to fly there on Thursday and spend some time with him. Kamil moved to Miami from Dallas on January 8, 2018 to be the Operations Manager for Prada Bal Harbour. Prior to this, he worked for Louis Vuitton for six years in Dallas which is where we became friends. My name is Katy Park, and I work full time for Young Life in the Dallas area.
Kamil picked me up from the airport around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018 and by midnight, he was gone.
He never met a stranger, went out of his way to help people, was an incredible, loyal friend, and loved his family more than anything or anyone.
He loved dive bars and I love karaoke, so around 10:30 p.m. we walked from his apartment, down Ocean Drive to Mac's Deuce Bar, a well-known local favorite. We had one drink, talked and laughed, and I asked how long he was going to live there before he started to wear sandals year-round. He told me he would let me know when we got to the next place. We finished our drinks, said goodbye to the doorman and started walking to the karaoke bar.
That’s when time stopped. A small African American male got out of the passenger side of a white car pointing a gun at us. He fired two shots that hit Kamil in the left shoulder and abdomen, then got back in the car and disappeared. I am alive because Kamil protected me. He didn’t hesitate. His last words were “Katy, keep walking.” Kamil's family and friends will celebrate his life on February 3, 2018, his 30th birthday in Buffalo, NY. All donations will go directly to and be used by the Patel family to help offset the cost of funeral and memorial expenses as well as add to the reward offered by the Miami-Dade Police Department. Kamil's killer and his accomplice are still at large. I want the people who did this to know that there is an army of people, an army of resourced family, friends and co-workers, who will not rest until we find justice for Kamil Patel. If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a monetary reward.
The latest news update on the case is available here: LATEST NEWS UPDATE