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Williamsville East grad killed in Florida credited with saving friend's life

Kamil Patel died protecting a friend.

The 29-year-old was fatally shot last week in Miami Beach while walking with his girlfriend, who credited the 2006 Williamsville East High School graduate with saving her life.

"I am alive because Kamil protected me," Katy Park wrote on the GoFundMe page. "He didn't hesitate. His last words were, 'Katy, keep walking.' "

Patel was shot late Thursday while walking in an alley with Park on their way to a karaoke bar. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Patel, who would have turned 30 this Saturday, moved to to Miami from Dallas earlier this month.

Patel's friend wrote about what happened that night on a GoFundMe page seeking to raise money to increase the reward in the case.

Park, who works in Dallas, wrote that she stopped to visit Patel on Thursday night on her way to visit friends in West Palm Beach for the weekend. Park said she and Patel had gone to a bar, had a drink and were walking to a karaoke bar when a man got out of a car and fired two shots at Patel, hitting him in the left shoulder and abdomen.

Patel worked as a stock manager for Prada and he attended the University of Texas at Arlington, according to his LinkedIn page.

Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case, according to the Herald.

"He never met a stranger, went out of his way to help people, was an incredible, loyal friend and loved his family more than anything or anyone," Park wrote of Patel.

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