Monday, April 13th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Belize City has seen three incidents of murder in the last six days dating back to the end of the Easter weekend.
The latest was brazen and disturbing, but police have solved it rather quickly. Around 9:20 on Saturday morning, April 11, police visited a yard on Mayflower Street where 40 year old Edward Usher, a resident of the street, was lying face down on the footsteps of a two storey wooden house.
He had been shot five times, apparently with a 9mm caliber handgun, to various parts of the body and head. Residents came out in droves to view the latest victim in the area. He had been with multiple persons in the yard, several of whom were later detained by police.
His family members could barely contain their grief and anger. But police picked up their chief suspect within moments of the incident, and today announced his formal arrest. Superintendent of Police Hilberto Romero told us that 18 year old Percival Pilgrim is not known for criminal activity and this is his first arrest; however, they are confident in the information that they have received which points to him being the perpetrator.
Police were not able to recover the weapon used in the incident. While not confirming if it was specifically gang rivalry, Supt. Romero says an internal rivalry is suspected to have led to Saturday morning’s events.
To ensure that it does not get further out of control as it nearly did on Saturday with several persons engaged in a fight as Police tried to remove persons it wanted to question, Romero says police have tried to keep a lid on the situation with extra patrols in the area.
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