Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018. 11:41 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Coming off the second deadliest year in Belize’s history in 2017, which recorded 142 murders; 2018 has so far seen eight murders, none of which have taken place on Belize city’s southside.
The new year began with the murder of reputed gang boss, Leon Garcia. Garcia was walking on Barrack road en route to his home when he was attacked by two knife men.
He was stabbed multiple times and left for dead. A resident of Majestic Alley was arraigned for his murder. Police have classified Garcia’s murder as gang related.
Less than 24 hours later, Jermaine Vellos was gunned down while making his way inside his Belama home.
Police ruled that Vellos may have been killed as a result of mistaken identity. He shared similar physical features to his brother-in-law, a known associate of the Majestic Alley gang.
On January 13th Mario Vernon, a grandson of the iconic Leelah Vernon, was killed by police in Punta Gorda.
Initial police reports stated that he was running from police and turned back to point a firearm at the pursuing officer.
The Punta Gorda community, however, dismissed those claims and indicated that Vernon was unarmed.
Police have since revealed that Vernon was indeed shot in the center back of the head. As a result, the police man who pulled the trigger was arraigned for his murder.
On January 16, Andy Rhaburn committed matricide, reportedly bashing his mother to the head with a crowbar, killing her on the spot. Thereafter he fled the scene and was only captured by police yesterday.
Alfredo Cowo was killed on January 15th while he was with his girlfriend inside a golf cart in front of the Jaguar’s night club in San Pedro town. According to reports, a man in a hoodie walked up to him and opened fire. He was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he died.
Quincy Gentle was killed on January 17 while making his way home around midnight. He was shot multiple times to the midsection. One of the shots reportedly ruptured a vein that carried oxygen to his heart. There was nothing doctors could do to save his life.
The most recent, and perhaps most disturbing case so far was the double murder of two Mayan teenagers.
Sisters, Cresencia and Josephine Oh, both residents of San Antonio village in the Toledo District had gone to a church function in San Jose village. After the event, they reportedly visited their brother’s home and left around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday night. It was the last time the two girls would be seen alive.
On Monday morning they were found partially nude and chopped to death.
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