Vigil to commemorate mother and young daughters killed in hit-and-run on the embankment

NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Florida. – Dozens of people turned out for a somber vigil to remember the three killed in a horrific hit-and-run accident.

Police are still searching for the driver responsible for the murder of a mother and her two daughters.

The crash happened on the night of June 27 along the John F. Kennedy Causeway in North Bay Village, just around the corner from the family home.

Family and community members came Tuesday night to remember Cyndi and her two daughters, 12-year-old Maria and 15-year-old Sophia.

Cindi’s mother, Anna Orsaatelliz, spoke about how much they were adored.

“They have a lot of love in Miami, they were so happy,” she said. “I don’t want to see any mother or grandparents suffer what we are suffering now.”

Cindi’s husband and father of the two girls spoke briefly.

“My loss is very, very great,” said Samir Saidi. “My heart is broken.”

The young girls attended Miami Arts Charter School. Her principal and several classmates attended the vigil.


As part of the vigil, the crowd went to the crash site to lay flowers and light candles.

Police are continuing their search for 24-year-old Julius Bernstein in connection with the fatal accident.

Detectives believe the driver of a black Dodge Charger hit the family and drove away.

Cyndi’s brother, Omar Orsaatelliz, said her family is desperate for any leads that could lead authorities to find this driver.

“It’s devastating,” he said. “We’re still trying to deal with it. Sometimes it feels like a dream.”

Anyone with information regarding this driver is urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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