Police believe Jean Wabafiyebazu, 17-year-old son of Canada’s consul-general in Miami, killed as he planned on robbing drug dealers
The 17-year-old son of Canada’s consul-general in Miami is dead and his 15-year-old brother is under arrest following a daylight shooting at a Miami home on Monday, in what police believe is a drug deal that turned violent, with several victims.
The two teens are the sons of diplomat Roxanne Dubé and her ex-husband Germano Wabafiyebazu.
Miami police told the Miami Herald that Jean Wabafiyebazu was accompanied to a home in the Coral Way neighbourhood by his younger brother, Marc, 15. Germano Wabafiyebazu confirmed to Associated Press that the teens had borrowed their mother’s car, with diplomatic license plates, to drive to the house where the shooting took place.
Police believe the two brothers were armed and planned on robbing drug dealers at the residence, according to the Miami Herald.
What followed is still being investigated, but police believe it was a dispute over a drug transaction in which the older Wabafiyebazu brother was shot and killed inside the home.
One of the suspected drug dealers, Joshua Wright, was also killed. Another man, Anthony Rodriguez, was shot but managed to escape and was later found at a nearby gas station, the Miami Herald reported.
Police have arrested Marc Wabafiyebazu for felony murder.
Germano Wabafiyebazu said he was contacted by their mother after the shooting took place.
“Marc went with his brother, according to their mother, to go just around the city. But Jean had this appointment. So he [went] there, left his brother Marc inside the car, and [went] inside the house,” he said.
When Marc heard shots fired, he entered the building and found two people – including his older brother – shot to death, Mr. Wabafiyebazu said.
Mr. Wabafiyebazu lives in Ottawa and is separated from Ms. Dubé, who moved to Florida in early February to start her new job as Canada’s consul-general to Miami.
Mr. Wabafiyebazu said he believes Jean had gone to the house to meet a drug dealer whom an intermediary had connected him with. He said he does not believe that Marc would have done something violent.
“I know my son, Marc, you know, he’s a very serious guy…” he said. “I can’t believe he would even pick up a gun. He’s very peaceful. He’s a child. He passes his time on a computer, things like that.”
A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa said Canadian officials are aware of the incident and are helping local police.
“We are aware of reports of a serious incident involving a Canadian family in Miami. Canadian officials are providing assistance to the family,” John Babcock wrote in an e-mail. “A full investigation is underway and we will continue assisting local authorities.”
Ms. Dubé was Canada’s ambassador to Zimbabwe from 2005 to 2008. She served as staff member for former Liberal MP and cabinet minister Lloyd Axworthy from 1988 until 1996.
With reports from Kim Mackrael and Associated Press