Police believe Jean Wabafiyebazu, 17-year-old son of Canada’s consul-general in Miami, killed as he planned on robbing drug dealers

Canadian diplomat’s son killed in Miami; other son arrested


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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.

TORONTO: Fatally shot Trevor Seraphine was from St. Lucia

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Police officers walk away from the apartment building where Trevor Seraphine, 16, was shot dead early Saturday morning.


Police officers walk away from the apartment building where Trevor Seraphine, 16, was shot dead early Saturday morning.

By:  Staff Reporter,  Staff Reporter, Published on Sat Mar 21 2015

A 16-year-old boy shot dead in front of an Etobicoke apartment building early Saturday morning is, according to a cousin, one of six siblings from St. Lucia whose parents are still in their island homeland.

Saturday morning, the glass entrance to 44 Willowridge Dr., the public housing building where Trevor Seraphine was fatally shot, was left riddled with four bullet holes.

Residents of the building recalled being awakened by the sound of gunshots, followed later by police sirens.

Police said the high school student was found shortly after 2 a.m. with life-threatening gunshot wounds, taken to hospital and later pronounced dead there.

Police said Trevor Seraphine, 16,  was found shortly after 2 a.m. at an apartment near Willowridge Rd. with apparent gunshot wounds.

 Police said Trevor Seraphine, 16, was found shortly after 2 a.m. at an apartment near Willowridge Rd. with apparent gunshot wounds.

Seraphine’s cousin Xabie Adjodha, 30, told the Star the boy was visiting an old girlfriend who lived in the building. He was supposed to sleep over at a nearby friend’s that night, but was unexpectedly kicked out.

Adjodha said she lived with Seraphine and his siblings across the street from the building he was shot outside for years, but they moved away recently because the area was getting “too dangerous.”

Their move came nearly eight years after Adjodha brought the siblings to Canada for a better life and to help raise Seraphine as one of her own.

“I was the one helping feed him and bringing him to school. I love this kid,” she said, before breaking down in tears. “I took them from their house and one of them died.”

As soon as she heard of his death, she said, she called Seraphine’s parents in St. Lucia. The news shook Seraphine’s mother, who “ran out of the house screaming and no one knew where she went.”

Adjodha said she is helping to arrange visas for the family to come to Canada to honour Seraphine at a funeral, for which she has started a crowdfunding campaign on gofundme.com.

She said she can’t believe someone would try to hurt her cousin, a boy she described as “always smiling.”

“He would give you that shy smirk,” she recalled, noting that he often made videos of himself rapping, but was too shy to show them off in person. “Everyone knew Trevor could make you happy or make you laugh.”

Most of his days were spent at North Albion Collegiate Institute, where Adjodha said he was a “quiet” student, who had big dreams of becoming an engineer.

Police release image of two suspects in Trevor Seraphine homicide

Seraphine, 17, was shot multiple times in Etobicoke on Saturday morning

CBC News Posted: Mar 22, 2015 2:29 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 23, 2015 11:58 AM ET

Trevor Seraphine, 17, was shot and killed in Toronto early on March 21, 2015.Trevor Seraphine, 17, was shot and killed in Toronto early on March 21, 2015. (Facebook)

Investigators have released an image of two suspects sought in the killing of a Toronto high-school student in Etobicoke this weekend.

Toronto police were called to the scene of a shooting outside 44 Willowridge Rd., just after 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Afghani Johra Kaleki guilty in attempted honour killing of her 19-year-old daughter

Kaleki stabbed her daughter in the head at the family’s Montreal-area home

CBC News Posted: Mar 10, 2015 3:07 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 10, 2015 4:10 PM ET

Johra Kaleki, 42, has been found guilty of the attempted murder of her daughter.

The incident happened in June 2010 at the family home in Dorval.

Kaleki’s daughter,  Bahar Ebrahimi , then 19 years old, had gone out with friends to a nightclub.

When she returned, after midnight, her mother attacked her with a meat cleaver.

Ibrahimi suffered serious injuries in the attack.

Kaleki had been sent to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation at the defence’s request but was declared fit to stand trial.

On Tuesday, Quebec Court Judge Yves Paradis concluded Kaleki was not suffering from a psychotic episode and said there is “no doubt” she intended to kill her daughter.

“It is clear Mrs. Kaleki knew not only that her actions were contrary to law but also that they were morally wrong according to the standard of the ordinary person,” Paradis wrote in his decision.

“There is no doubt that her intention was to kill the victim.”

Kaleki did not react to the guilty verdict.

She was accompanied by her husband and the victim, her daughter.

Bahar Ebrahimi left the court room as soon as the judgment was read out.

Kaleki will remain out on bail until her sentence is handed down.


More on the case


Inquiry set to open in fatal shooting of Zaid Youssef and Michael Menjivar in North Etobicoke

Catholic school board to investigate midday deaths of teens near high school

CBC News Posted: Feb 10, 2015 10:03 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 10, 2015 10:03 PM ET

The shooting deaths of two Toronto high school students last year will be the subject a formal school board inquiry.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board will conduct three public meetings to gather input, scheduled Feb. 24, March 4 and March 25.

Zaid Youssef, 17, and Michael Menjivar, 15, were shot around midday on Oct. 6, 2014 behind an apartment building in North Etobicoke in the area of Dixon Road and Islington Avenue.

Witnesses said the shooting took place after a fight broke out in the parking lot of Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School and continued at nearby Fairhaven Park.

Yousseff was a student at Don Bosco while the younger teen attended North York’s James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School on Finch Avenue West, 12 kilometres northeast of the park.

A little over a week after the incident, police arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy with attempted murder and various weapons offences in connection with the shooting deaths.

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Rwandan genocide commander Desire Munyaneza

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Rwandan genocide commander 


Desire Munyaneza led a Hutu militia during the genocide that saw more than 800,000 Tutsis slaughtered.


The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to hear the appeal of a man who was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Desire Munyaneza led a Hutu militia during the genocide that saw more than 800,000 Tutsis slaughtered.

He then fled the country, arriving in Canada in 1997, where RCMP got wind of his involvement in the genocide and launched an investigation.

He was living in Toronto when he was arrested in October 2005 and charged with seven counts under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.

Witnesses for the prosecution testified that as a militia commander, Munyaneza organized a large number of rapes and murders in the Butare region.