Mother and her 21-year-old son murdered in Miami during botched drug deal, cops say

Source: Miami-Dade Police Department

May 28 2021, Updated 4:35 p.m. ET

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Two teenage brothers face murder charges in connection to the death of a mom and son in a drug deal gone wrong, Miami-Dade police say.

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Dajuan Patterson, 17, and Demetrisse K. Patterson, 18, are the suspects who allegedly killed Diana Ceballos, 47, and her son, Alexander Garrido, 21.

Relatives told Local 10 that Ceballos was working as a nail tech at a client’s home before the incident on Feb. 16.

The suspects' arrests were announced by Miami-Dade police this week.

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Garrido was driving and picked up Ceballos, according to police.

Detectives believe that Garrido, who was also with his girlfriend, met with the suspects to sell them marijuana, according to the arrest report obtained by Local 10.

Police believe the Patterson brothers and two others planned to rob Garrido.

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Garrido stepped out of the car and turned over the marijuana when the Patterson brothers, which is when the two men pointed guns at him, police say.

Garrido grabbed a gun and shot at them. He was then shot, and fire rescue personnel declared him dead just after midnight.

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Detectives say Dajuan Patterson stood in front of Garrido’s car and shot and killed Ceballos, who was in the passenger seat, according to Local 10.


“It was unexpected. We’re so in shock, you know?” Valerie, who is Garrido’s sister and Ceballos’ daughter, said, according to Local 10. “I never would’ve thought my mom would pass this way, my brother would pass this way. That’s why I wanna know who did it.”

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On May 26, officers arrested the brothers at an apartment near the crime scene.

Both men now face two counts of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon. They are being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

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Police are still searching for other suspects involved in the incident.

“I know someone knows,” Valerie told Local 10. “I know there’s something out there to catch them all.”

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the murders to call Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477.


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