In the weeks and months before he was gunned down in the northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike, Samuel Ferguson was the point man of a project to flood the South Florida media market with a New York-based urban lifestyle magazine, a friend told The Miami Herald on Saturday. “He was involved in all aspects of our operation,” said Tiffany Chiles, Editor-in-chief of Don Diva Magazine.”
Turnpike reopened in Davie after man found dead in bullet-riddled car
“He was helping us gather relevant stories. He was doing interviews, distribution “” he was really trying to market our magazine in Southern and Central Florida.” Ferguson, 47, died Friday afternoon after someone opened fire on his car while driving north near Griffin Road. He crashed his bullet-riddled sedan into the highway median and died at the scene.
Police did not release any additional information about the killing Saturday, and continued to search for a black car with clear tail-light lenses. Investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy before they say whether Ferguson was killed by the gunfire or ensuing crash. Chiles said she tapped Ferguson as the man to usher in Don Diva Magazine to South Florida nine months ago because he is musically and socially connected and an old family friend.
She said he contributed heavily to the magazine during the last several issues, interviewing Miami rapper Rick Ross and filling the magazine with Miami-centric topics. Ferguson is listed on the magazine’s website as Samuel Silvasteen, president of Don Diva Miami.
Chiles couldn’t say where Ferguson was going or where he had come from Friday afternoon before the shooting. Court dockets show Ferguson has been arrested a hand ful of times for various offenses, most recently in Miami-Dade County on charges that he was driving as a habitual offender with a suspended license. Chiles said Ferguson was using his opportunity with the magazine to distance himself from past troubles. “He was trying to bring something new to his life, just to do something positive, something toward better and different things,” she said. [source]