Police say Kareem Clarke murder was “random”

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: A 17 year old minor of Belize City has been kareemcharged and remanded in relation to the July 6 murder of 27 year old Kareem Clarke, the Amandala journalist fatally shot early in the morning as he was riding home from a stop in the area of Vernon and Lakeview Streets.

After two months of investigation by police, some of the questions surrounding Kareem’s death are answered, though it is difficult to say whether the answers will ever be satisfactory.

Officer Commanding Eastern Division (South), Senior Superintendent of Police Chester Williams, says a witness that had been cooperating with police and witnessed the entire incident gave a statement which is corroborated by a sworn statement from a Justice of the Peace, to guard against possible recanting at a future trial.

As for the killer, he had been on remand on firearms charges in the immediate aftermath of Karee
m’s death and had a history with police.

Williams says police have definitively ruled out a deliberate hit, mistaken identity, or gang rivalry as motives for Clarke’s death. In his words, the killer and his group of friends apparently decided to target the first person that came by that night, and it happened to be Kareem.

Police continue to test several weapons in custody to find the murder weapon. They made no mention of possible accomplices or even a conspiracy in the case.

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