Canadian diplomat’s son deported after Florida shooting
Ottawa, Sep 26 (IANS) A Canadian diplomat’s teenaged son was deported to Canada over his involvement in a drug-related double shooting that killed his older brother and another teenager, media reports said.
American immigration agents escorted Marc Wabafiyebazu, 16, from Miami to Montreal on September 6 where he was reunited with his mother, senior diplomat Roxanne Dube, CBC News Canada reported.
“It’s done. It’s done. It’s done. He has his life ahead of him,” Dube said in an interview from Ottawa.
Wabafiyebazu is back home in Ottawa studying privately for his high school equivalency and reconnecting with family and friends as he relaunches his life shattered by the gunfire in March last year that killed Jean Wabafiyebazu, 18, and another teenager.
In March 2015, Marc’s elder brother Jean Wabafiyebazu, 18, and another teenager were killed in an attempted armed robbery involving a botched marijuana deal in Florida.
Marc pleaded no contest to reduced charges of felony third-degree murder and was sentenced to nine months of military boot camp, followed by two years of house arrest and up to eight years of probation.
But the federal immigration authorities did not allow him to serve his probation in the US and picked him up from the camp in July, a move which was opposed by state authorities.
A series of court hearings followed till September 2, when Circuit Judge Teresa Pooler relented and Marc was deported to Canada.
“I really see a child or a young man who wants to make a contribution to society in a good way,” said Dube, who is now Global Affairs’ director general of the Canadian Foreign Service Institute in Ottawa.