MIAMI (CBS4) – A grieving mother wants answers in the mysterious death of her son.
“It hurts. It hurts. It hurts,” said a tearful Mary Fabius. “I tell everyone that’s not something I ask for a parent to ever do, to lose their child. Every parent remembers the day their child was born.”
Fabius lost her son on a Saturday afternoon, April 14th.
“He wanted to become an altar boy and that morning he had gone to Catechism classes at Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church,” Fabius told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench. “He was preparing for his Sacrament of Confirmation.”
“Then he told me he wanted to go play basketball with a friend,” said Fabius. Her son, Guy Dorilas Jr., left his grandparents’ home and went to a friend’s home to play basketball.
The mother of that friend later told Miami police that she found Dorilas in front of the home with a dog leash around his neck and one end of that leash attached to the front door.
Miami Police spokesman Detective Willie Moreno said Dorilas death remains “unclassified” as they are awaiting autopsy results before they make their final determination.
“My son was very spiritual to me,” said Fabius. “He was like a treasure from God. He’d always agree with me, even if things didn’t go his way. He was always polite and there were no problems.”
“Yes, of course I miss him every minute of every day,” she said. “But it still remains a mystery to me, what happened. I don’t know whether there was horseplay or what happened. I’m amazed, like everyone else. I still have a question mark. I’m still in disbelief.”
She said she didn’t know if her son was involved in a “choking game,” a disturbing fad nationwide among youngsters that has taken the lives of some teens.
“I don’t know where they get this choking game,” said Fabius. “It’s like a game, like children with each other. I can’t tell you. I wasn’t there. I just don’t know.”
“I want this solved,” said Fabius. “I want to find out how and what happened. It will bring closure. I know for a fact that he did not commit suicide because that was ruled out.”
D’Oench also spoke with Rose Charles, who is also a member of Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church and who is a friend of Mary Fabius.
“Her son was a nice kid,” she said. “I have known his mother a long time. The kid was pleasant to everybody. He was a good kid. He went to Communion every Sunday. He would go to church every Sunday. Even the priest was crying that day at the cemetery.”
“I noticed my son touched a lot of peoples lives,” Fabius said. “When you go to services and you see old people attending your services and crying.”
Dorilas was Mary Fabius’s youngest son; he had two older brothers.
He lived with his mother and two brothers in Highland Oaks near Aventura and visited his grandparents in Little Haiti on weekends.
He was an 8th grade student at Highland Oaks Middle School and had just celebrated his 14th birthday on March 7th.
A police report shows that Nerlande Nay Faustin lives in the home on 60th Terrace and Northwest First Avenue where Dorilas was discovered. No one was at the home when D’Oench checked and a man who was cutting the grass at the home closed the gate to it.
Our news partner at “The Miami Herald” reports that Guy’s family said he went to Faustin’s home to play basketball with Faustin’s son and another friend. At some point, Guy’s friend went to McDonald’s and left him with Faustin’s son, the newspaper said.
Faustin told the “Herald” that she did not see what happened to Guy because she went across the street to her parents’ home and when she returned home, she found Guy with the dog leash around his neck at her front door.
Paramedics tried to save Guy but he was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital.