Little Haiti

Police seek provider of gun in Little Haiti brothers’ deadly fight over clothes

 

ldixon@MiamiHerald.com

A day after memorials and vigils, Miami police continued to investigate the shooting deaths of two teenage brothers in a Little Haiti apartment complex after an argument over sharing clothes turned fatal.

Investigators Tuesday were seeking information about the person who gave the gun to one of the teens. Family members said they were now considering moving out of the complex.

Police said the younger brother, Steven Odeus, 14, shot and killed Stanley Blanc, 16, about 11 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard of the New Haven Gardens apartments in the 7100 block of Northeast Second Avenue.

Odeus and Blanc were arguing, and when the fight moved outside, police said, an unidentified person gave a gun to Odeus, who fired multiple shots at Blanc. Odeus ran away from the courtyard and was shot in the head. Police said Tuesday that they could not confirm whether the 14-year-old actually shot himself.

Family members said they feared that the person who gave Odeus the gun, who they said does not live in the complex, might target the family next.

“The boy that gave Steven the gun may come back and look for us,” said Imani Bussey, 17, the girlfriend of Blanc’s older brother, Mark Blanc, 18. “We’re trying to move out of here.”

She said that when the boys fought in the past, their mother would always step in and mediate.

“She never told them to fight over clothes or petty stuff,” Bussey said. “When they would argue, she would always break up the fight.”

But when the fight went outside and Odeus got the gun, it was too late.

“These boys out here have influenced them to do the wrong things,” Bussey said.

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