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Martha Carbana's First

My first post is about Martha Carbana's first murder.

Miami's newest public information officer Tuesday night handled her first homicide scene, a young man shot to death during a botched robbery on Northwest 24th Avenue and 30th Street.

As homicide detectives investigated, she recorded sound bytes with English and Spanish television reporters.

"It was a good experience. I'm looking forward to being part of the unit," Carbana told me early this morning.

She recently replaced Herminia "Amy" Salas-Jacobson, who was promoted to sergeant and sent to Overtown to work the afternoon shift.

Carbana, 40, joined the department in 1989. She's worked bicycle patrol, internal affairs and just completed a stint in the training bureau.

The Cuban-born officer was raised mostly in Miami, five miles where Tuesday night she responded to the shooting.

She joins the office's veteran media relations gurus, Detective Delrish Moss and Lt. Bill Schwartz.

"I don't think I can ever live up to Schwartz and Moss. Those guys are legends," she says.

It almost wasn't her first homicide scene. On Dec. 29, Carbana was called to an apartment complex in Little Havana. Homicide detectives were investigating the death of a man found in his apartment hours after he'd been robbed.

The medical examiner's office later ruled he died of natural causes.

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