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Dad shot dead protecting baby from drug-crazed gunman who ‘danced on his body’
August 26, 2021
A tourist visiting Florida’s Miami Beach was shot dead as he tried to protect his one-year-old son from a drug-crazed gunman.
Tamarius Blair Davis Jr., from Norcross, in Georgia, told police that he felt “empowered” after taking magic mushrooms, and decided to shoot two strangers outside South Beach’s La Cerveceria restaurant.
Colorado resident Dustin Wakefield, 21, was visiting the city with his wife and young son on Tuesday, August 24, and they were sitting together at one of La Cerveceria’ outside tables.
When Dustin saw Davis pointing a gun at his one-year-old son, the dad stood between the boy and the gunman.
But Davis opened fire, shooting him multiple times, as well as wounding a second victim.
“There was a guy sitting at a table with all his family, kids and everything,” a witness told Local 10 News.
“He was right there. And he shot the guy like three times.”
Davis, 22, then reportedly then “danced” over Dustin’s body to celebrate the killing.
Dustin was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Police who rushed to the scene after hearing the gunshot said Davis dropped his gun when they asked him to, and kept repeating, “Hey! I did it, I did it, I did it.”
A Miami police report states that Davis told them he was high on mushrooms and chose his two victims at random.
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Davis is charged with second-degree murder, and a second count of attempted murder for the shooting of another man.
He appeared before Judge Mindy Glazer on Wednesday afternoon.
After he asked her whether she intended to set bail, the judge replied: “Sir, you are being held with no bond. You shot and killed somebody in cold blood”.
Dustin’s uncle Michael Wakefield told Local 10 News: “All I can say is Dustin loved his family and loved and cared for all he met. He will be missed in this world.