One minute, 42-year-old Dane Coley was celebrating his nephew's 12th birthday. The next minute, he was fatally shot in the head.
10 entries | 1 photo
The Guest Book is expired.
"He went outside to smoke a cigarette and we heard a pop," Tara Glee said Sunday, recalling the events surrounding the murder of her boyfriend's older brother. "First we thought the kids dropped something and went outside to look. When we saw him laying on the ground, we thought he passed out. Then, we saw the blood coming from his head."
While Coley initially survived the shooting that occurred at about 8 p.m. Saturday, he died about six hours later at St. Mary's Medical Center, said a spokesman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Deputies released little information about the shooting other than to say they had no motive for it and are looking for information.
Glee, who was hosting the party for about a dozen kids, said the shooting just doesn't make sense.
Coley had been to her house on Greenbriar Drive only about three times. The party was a quiet affair, for family, most of them children.
"It's a sad situation," the 38-year-old mother of five said, choking back tears. "Dane didn't bother anyone. He's a real sweet person."
No one heard any cars drive by or any noise before the shooting, she said. However, she acknowledged, no one was listening for suspicious noises. Music was playing. They were having a party.
She said she can't believe Coley was a target. "You shot the wrong person," she said of what she would say to the killer. "I don't know what you were doing in my yard."
She suspects it was a tragic case of mistaken identity. "I wish they would catch the person who did it," she said.
Coley moved here in December 2011 from Jamaica to be with his mother, she said. He and his brother lived with their mother on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. He just recently got a job, although she didn't know where he was working.
Glee said she moved into the working-class neighborhood filed with concrete-block houses in February. While she said she didn't know much about the area, she said she'd never had any problems.
Published in The Palm Beach Post from Sept. 9 to Oct. 8, 2013