Families of funeral shooting victims speak out
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The families of victims from a funeral home shooting are speaking out about the incident.
Twenty-seven-year-old Paterson Debreus has been identified as one of the two victims fatally shot outside the Funeraria Latina Emanuel Funeral Home in Northeast Miami-Dade, last Friday.
Jessica Dorelus, Debreus' fiancé, had just given birth to their baby a few weeks prior to the shooting. "It's hard because whoever did it is senseless. I didn't only lose the father of my child, that's my best friend. He meant everything to me. Since I was in college we've been together," she said. "It was like a dream, I wake up every morning since then I've been waking up crying. I didn't sleep Saturday night, cried like it's not real. My daughter, she sleeps just like him and she will never get to know her father."
Debreus' Godson Nahem Harrison is so young and small but can still comprehend the violence that went on that night. "He got shot three times, here, here, here," he said. "I don't know why they shot him. He didn't do anything to them, anything."
Twelve others were injured when a gunman or gunmen opened fire outside the funeral home. Witnesses say a white vehicle drove by spraying bullets from a high-powered riffle and a 9-mm gun. "Horrific. People were going crazy," said Pastor A.D. Lenoir. "Screaming, running, just chaos."
Rescue crews transported the victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where they are still being treated.
Among the victims, 5-year-old McKayla Bazile was shot in the leg and is in stable condition. She will likely be in the hospital for two weeks. "Everybody was just talking, after the wake we were all just standing outside talking and then everyone hears gunshots," said Someta Etienne, McKayla's mother. "I don't know where they were coming from but my daughter just got shot and she was screaming and I'm like why are you screaming, I thought she was scared. Then I saw the blood coming from her pants."
Officials believe the shooting may have been sparked by disrespect at the wake when someone reached into the casket.
Police believed a white sedan sped away from the scene.
If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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