A Canadian diplomat’s 15-year-old son was charged with murder after his 17-year-old brother and another teen died in a suspected drug deal gone bad.
Marc Wabafiyebazu, the son of Roxanne Dubé, Canada’s consul general in Miami, was arrested on Monday for felony murder, the Miami Herald reports.
Police say Marc and his brother Jean Wabafiyebazu had agreed to buy two pounds of marijuana for nearly $5,000. But the boys came armed to the drug deal with the intention of robbing their dealers, authorities believe, according to the Herald.
A shootout between the brothers and the alleged drug dealers killed Jean, along with one of the suspected drug dealers, 17-year-old Joshua Wright. Another man, Anthony Rodriguez, 19, was wounded but managed to escape. He was later tracked down at a nearby gas station.
The boys’ mother released a statement on Thursday asking for privacy during this trying time. “For now, we just want to be there for Marc, our incredibly caring son who loved his brother very much, and to say goodbye, ever so tenderly and quietly to Jean, our love,” Dubé wrote.
She also offered her sympathies to Wright’s family, according to CBC News. “Your grief is our grief,” she wrote. “We can only hope that, in time, we will find common purpose towards diminishing the causes of such violent crimes.”
A lawyer for the 15-year-old boy said that Marc will plead not guilty to the charge.
“This case was a tragedy. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims in this case,” attorney Curt Obront told the Herald. “Two teenagers lost their lives.”
He added: “My client has an unblemished record. He’s never had any problems whatsoever with arrests or convictions. We certainly plan on entering a plea of not guilty and look forward to defending him in this horrible and unfortunate circumstance.”
Marc is reportedly being held in juvenile detention.
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