Tuesday, May 5th, 2015.Aaron Humes Reporting: Belize Media Group has confirmed with the father of six year old Travis Polanco, Thomas Polanco, this afternoon that his son died after being taken off life support around ten thirty this morning.
Thomas Polanco told us briefly that the family considered Travis to have died from as early as Sunday, having never become responsive and already starting to take on the smell of death.
Police are now investigating and have released a short report on what they know so far. They responded to the scene on April 30, 2015 around 4:45 in the evening and found blood under a palm tree about 5 feet from the street. The alleged shooter is 11 years old and not nine as previously reported, according to police.
The police’s initial investigations revealed that while Travis was coming from school he started throwing rocks in the direction of the 11-year-old who reportedly went inside his home and got his father’s licensed 16 gauge Harrington and Richardson brand shotgun from a room and reportedly fired a single shot at Travis who was standing about 50 feet away near the palm tree.
Travis was rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital with pellet wounds to the head and then to the KHMH for further medical treatment. Following the determination by medical authorities today, May 5, that Travis was brain dead, his family decided to take him off life support.
Police and the Department of Human Services say they continue to investigate this matter.
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