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(BlackMediaScoop) This story breaks my heart.

Lukace Kendle (white) was working as an armed guard at a Miami nightclub (Club Lexx – or Rol-Lexx) back in 2012 when he fatally shot Kijuan Byrd (black), who was unarmed. Lukace Kendle is a 26, dishonorably discharged rat bastard who if he hadn’t lied and omitted information on his licence application would’ve never been employed as an Armed Security Officer. Kendle had a criminal history, but was licensed as a guard in Florida anyway.

Lukace shot two unarmed men. Michael Smathers is paralyzed. Kijuan Byrd is deceased after being shot 8 times by Kendle.

Kendle, who is white, told police that one of the men shouted, “I’m gonna kill you, nigga,” while the driver, Michael Smathers, looked like he “might have been pulling something upwards.” He also said both men appeared to be making motions with their hands.

In an interview, Smathers said neither he nor his friend Kijuan Byrd said anything to Kendle. Smathers said he opened his car door and the guard told him to put his hands up. He said he did what he was told.

Kendle pulled his Glock out of his holster and began shooting.

Kendle fired at least three times into the windshield and continued along the driver’s side, striking Smathers four times. Then he directed his attention to Byrd in the passenger seat. Byrd, 29 years old and a father of two, fell from the car onto the asphalt, grasping for cover underneath the pickup.


He kept shooting. In total, Kendle shot Byrd (seen above) 8 times – at least 4 times in the back – as he crawled toward safety underneath the truck, according to the autopsy report. Kendle told police he thought both men were armed.

On June 8, 2012, seven days after the shooting, police arrested Kendle on murder and attempted murder charges.

In December of that year, while in jail, Kendle was diagnosed with impulse control disorder and antisocial personality disorder. A year later, after he demanded to represent himself in court, another court-ordered psychiatrist concluded there was a “substantial likelihood” that he had a mental illness. She diagnosed him with a delusional disorder.

That violent night in Miami also reveals how regulators in Florida and across the country have approved guard licenses without conducting mental health evaluations or checking for evidence of substance abuse. Only four states – Delaware, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and New Mexico – require armed-guard applicants to undergo a mental health evaluation, which is standard for law enforcement officers before being stationed on the job.

In this video, Donald Byrd, Kijuan’s father, confronts Kendle at a court hearing. 

A father confronts his son's killer
Miami-Dade County Criminal Court, April 4, 2014.
Hearing in the murder trial of Lukace Kendle for the shooting of Kijuan Byrd. Byrd's father, Donald, is escorted out of the courtroom after an outburst. Excerpt from an investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN. Credits: CIR reporter Shoshana Walter, CNN senior investigative producer Scott Zamost, footage courtesy of CNN For more on this story, visit www.cironline.org and cnn.com​. Correction: A previous version of this video had the incorrect date for this hearing. It occurred April 4, 2014.


Watch his emotional breakdown in court…

I can’t watch this without crying.

What do you think?



Published in the Miami Herald on June 7, 2012
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