The family Jamaican-American Miami-Dade corrections officer Daveon Hall has expressed relief following recent progress in the investigation into his death. Just days after a $10,000 award was announced for any information, the Pembroke Pines police announced Brian Fairweather, 29, had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Fairweather is being held without bond.
Speaking to National Weekly on Tuesday afternoon, Hall’s mother Barbara Drummond was rife with emotion. “Thank God! Thank God,” said Drummond in response to the announcement from the Pembroke Pines police department. She expressed gratitude to Crime Stoppers, the Benevolent Association of Miami-Dade and the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office for providing $10,000 reward. Contributions to the $10,000 reward were made by Broward Crime Stoppers ($3,000), the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association ($4,000) and the office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor ($3,000).
Regarding the evolving case against Fairweather, “I know I have to be patient, and will continue to take the situation one day at a time and pray for a speedy resolution,” said Drummond. “I do believe in the justice system.”
The arrest reported stated that Hall’s neighbor, the estranged wife of Fairweather, told police she was involved in a relationship with Hall. Although she was separated from Fairweather, he had confronted Hall about the relationship days before the murder. Questioned by detectives in February, Fairweather told police he was aware of Hall and his wife’s relationship, but denied any involvement in Hall’s death. However, according to the report he later admitted to acquaintances he was involved in the murder.
It was Drummond who discovered her son, a Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department employee since 2000, dead at his Pembroke Pines Apartment. She had learned that he had not reported to work, and immediate went to his home at the Atrium Resort complex, only to find the door unlocked and his lifeless body inside.
“After all these months I cannot believe what I encountered,” said Drummond. “It has been hard. Trust me it has been very hard.”
Hall had been an employee of the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department since 2000. Drummond said Hall was also a certified police officer with hopes of becoming a firefighter.