Teen Thug Life: Son of Canadian Diplomat Killed, another Jailed in Alleged Miami Drug Rip-Off

Jean and Marc Wabafiyebazu photos released by family
Jean and Marc Wabafiyebazu, photos released by their family

Two teenaged sons of a Canadian diplomat stationed in Miami, Florida who had just arrived there in February attempted to steal two pounds of marijuana from drug dealers on Monday using their mother’s Canadian government issued car bearing diplomatic plates according to police. In the ensuing gun battle the elder son, seventeen year-old Jean Wabafiyebazu was killed–as was one of the dealers. All involved are reported to be teenagers.

The younger son, fifteen year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu was charged with felony murder. Police charged him with an additional charge after he was arrested when he allegedly threatened to shoot a homicide detective in the head.

Alleged dealer seventeen year-old Joshua Wright was also killed. His alleged partner, nineteen year-old Anthony Rodriguez was wounded but is reportedly now in jail.

The brothers’ mother, Consul-General Roxanne Dube, issued a statement Thursday thanking the public for their support and expressing condolences to the family of the slain Joshua Wright.

The Hamilton Spectator described the crime that reads like it could have been taken from a Miami Vice episode:

“The 15-year-old son of Canada’s top government official in Miami stood guard with a gun in his mother’s Canadian government BMW marked with diplomatic license plates during a marijuana ripoff that claimed the life of his older brother and another man, police say.”

…”One of the suspected drug dealers, Joshua Wright, was also killed. A third man, Anthony Rodriguez, was wounded and drove off — he was later found at a nearby gas station. Rodriguez, 19, is charged with felony murder and marijuana possession with intent to sell.

“The building’s entranceway was splattered with blood and the black government BMW was impounded.

“”That’s what we believe, it was a dispute over a drug transaction,” Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes told the Miami Herald.”

The Ottawa Citizen added:

“According to a police affidavit, Wright texted a known drug dealer named Anthony Rodriguez, 19, to bring the marijuana to the apartment. Rodriguez’s lawyer claimed in court that he possessed a gun but had left it in his car.

““The defendant arrived on the scene with two pounds of marijuana, entered the residence and began the negotiations,” the affidavit states.

“It adds that during negotiations Wright and Jean “became involved in an exchange of gun fire.”

“Armed with a handgun, Marc entered the apartment. Witnesses said they heard about 10 shots. Wright was shot multiple times and killed in the apartment. Jean stumbled out of the apartment and collapsed on the ground. He later died in hospital. Rodriguez was injured and taken to hospital. He has been charged with murdering Jean.”

…”Under questioning at police headquarters, Marc threatened to shoot a homicide detective in the head, according to an arrest affidavit signed by the police officer.

“The affidavit states that while sitting in the homicide unit defendant Marc Wabafiyebazu “stated he was going to kill Detective Garcia and that he would shoot him in the head.”

“Already facing a murder charge, Wabafiyebazu was then charged with threatening a police officer.”

The boys’ father, who was divorced from their mother several years ago, told the Spectator his slain son had substance abuse problems before he moved to Miami.

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