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Canadian Diplomat's Son Killed In Florida Shooting

04/01/2015 12:45 EDT | Updated 04/01/2015 12:45 EDT

The teenage son of a Canadian diplomat has died in a Miami hospital and his younger brother has been arrested after an apparent drug deal.

Their mother, Roxanne Dubé, was appointed consul general of Canada in Miami in November.

Police believe Dubé's sons were attempting to rob drug dealers at an apartment building when gunfire erupted, reported the Miami Herald.

Dubé's 17-year-old son was shot and later died in hospital. One of the suspected drug dealers, identified as Joshua Wright, 17, was also killed, said NBC Miami.

Dubé's 15-year-old son has been arrested for felony murder, according to the Herald. In Florida, anyone who joins in a violent felony, such as armed robbery, where someone dies could be charged with murder.

A third man, who was wounded and fled the scene, was later taken into custody.

The outlet reported that Dubé's sons drove to the scene in a vehicle with a Canadian consulate licence plate.

Television images showed the doorway of the apartment covered in blood.

John Babcock, a spokesman from Canada's Foreign Affairs department, said that officials are assisting local authorities as they investigate Monday afternoon's shooting. Babcock did not confirm the identity of the family, citing privacy concerns.

The boys’ father, Germano Wabafiyebazu, told Global News from Ottawa that he believes his younger son was looking out for his brother, and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Wabafiyebazu, who separated from Dubé three years ago, said his former wife is devastated.

Dubé has extensive political experience starting as a federal legislative and cabinet assistant before moving onto various director positions in Ottawa. In 2005, she was appointed as Canada's ambassador to Zimbabwe before her current position in Miami.

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