The wife of a Colorado man who was killed last week as he tried to protect his 1-year-old son from a gunman at an outdoor restaurant in Miami Beach, recalled the last moments of his husband as he pleaded with the suspect before he was shot.
Karina Olguin said to WPLG-TV that she wants 21-year-old Dustin Wakefield to be remembered as a hero and an "amazing and loving father. " The couple was visiting from Colorado and had dinner with relatives at La Cervece restaurantlaughed around 6:30 p.m. on August 24, when the shooter, identified as Tamarius Davis, 22, approached the toddler.
Wakefield stood in front of the shooter to protect his son, family members said.
Dustin Wakefield, 21, and his son. Colorado resident protected child from gunman before he was killed while having dinner in a resoutdoor bullfighting in Miami Beach, his family said. (Angela Wakefield)
"Dustin was begging for his life ", remembers Olguin. "He was like, 'I have a son, please, he's only 1 year old.
"I was like, " Dust off the baby ". I screamed " said Olguin. "Dustin got up, I got Eli and took him to my grandma's house. He was right behind me," she said of the shooter.
"I remember her leaving. It was quick," she added.
Davis reportedly opened fire, sending clients running for their lives. The Georgia resident, who reportedly told police he was mushroom high and felt empowered, was later seen dancing.
The child, Elijah, was not injured.
Tamarius Blair Davis Jr. shot dead tourist having dinner with his family at a Miami Beach restaurant, according to police and a family member. (Department Miami-Dade Police Department via AP)
During the interview with Olguin, Elijah can be heard saying "Papa " when he sees his picture.
Davis was rapidly arrested after the shooting and allegedly confessed to the murder. He is accused of murder and being held without bail.
"Inside me" Mother of my son, I ask: do something good like he would, "said Wakefield's mother Lora. " Smile at a stranger, hug to someone. See the person in front of you. Really see it. Do not let this world desensitize you to what love is.