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Dustin Wakefield used his final moments to plead for his life—before putting himself between a gunman and his 1-year-old son, according to his family.
“I remember Dustin saying, ‘Please, I have a son. He’s just a boy.’ And that’s when it all happened,” Karina Olguin told WPLG-TV of the moment a gunman ran up to their vacationing family at an outdoor café in South Beach and opened fire.
Dustin’s uncle, Mike Wakefield, told The Miami Herald that his nephew had traveled to Florida with Olguin and their young son, Eli, to visit extended family and was socializing with family at an Ocean Drive restaurant when a man ran up to them.
“This guy came in with a gun waving it, saying it’s time to die. He pointed the gun at his son and Dustin said, ‘He’s only a boy,’” said Mike, who wasn’t at the restaurant at the time. “Dustin stood up between the gunman and the baby and he shot him. He shot him multiple times on the ground.”
According to Olguin, her husband acted quickly to save their child.
“I was like, ‘Dustin the baby,’ I yelled,” she told the local station. “Dustin got up, got Eli and took him to my grandma.”
The suspect in the case has been identified by police as Tamarius Blair David Jr. David allegedly later told police that he chose Dustin—and another victim who he shot at but did not hurt—“randomly,” according to a police report obtained by Oxygen.com.
“The defendant stated he was high on mushrooms which made him feel empowered,” the report said.
Although David has been referred to in another media accounts as “Tamarius Blair Davis Jr.” a spokesperson for the Miami Dade Police told Oxygen.com his last name is David.
David was taken into custody shortly after the gunfire broke out by law enforcement officers who confronted him and demanded that he drop his weapon, according to the report.
David complied and was detained.
Olguin now hopes her husband is remembered as “a hero, as a courageous man and as an amazing, loving father.”
Dustin’s young son will now grow up without his father, but the mark he made on the child is already evident.
As Olguin spoke with WPLG-TV in a video interview the little boy could be heard exclaiming “Daddy!” each time he saw a photo of his father.
“In memory of my son, I ask: Do something good like he would,” Dustin’s mom, Lora, told the station. “Smile at a stranger, give a hug to somebody. See the person in front of you. Really see them. Don’t let this world desensitize you to what love is.”
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