Two men have been arrested in connection with Orlando's first homicide of the year.

Police said Saturday that Randell E. Burton, 20, was the gunman who shot Yonel Meus, 36, early New Year's Day at the 7-Eleven at 4355 Silver Star Road. Dante M. Thomas, 19, was with Burton, they said.

Both were charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

Orlando Police were called to the 7-Eleven at about 3 a.m. Friday in response to a fight. When officers arrived, they found Meus injured.


A witness told investigators that two men were trying to back their car into a parking spot and almost hit Meus. Meus then slapped the men's car to get their attention.

Investigators said the men became angry and followed Meus west to the next intersection. Both men beat Meus before Burton pulled out a gun and fired.

Meus was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died.

Meus and the men had not met before the incident, police said.