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Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2021. 10:08 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has a fresh headache after a deadly day on Belize City’s Southside on Wednesday.

In the span of five hours and barely a quarter of a city block, three persons were murdered including a woman, and three others were injured, including a minor.

The carnage started with the shooting of Percival Pilgrim, 24, and Kanye King, 16, on Banak Street as they passed an alleyway leading to Mayflower Street. It continued with the attack on Delon Harris and Toy Madrid on Iguana Street Extension, in which police shortly thereafter detained three men and recovered two firearms. And it ended with the double murder of Cynthia Conorquie and Allan Garcia on Logwood Street.

In addition to the suspects in the Harris/Madrid incident, Commissioner Williams said one person was being held in the Pilgrim/King murder/shooting and another was being held for the Conorquie/Garcia double murder, with yet another being sought.

As for the reason behind Wednesday’s sudden explosion of violence, the Commissioner explained that an intra-gang rivalry has developed in the Banak/ Mayflower area: “That area used to be one clique, and we have seen now where there is a split between the group in that area, and now we have two cliques and apparently they are having a feud among themselves. The way how the Banak area is situated, the demographics of it, is one that would make it difficult for police to patrol that area.”

But it won’t stop police from trying, Williams vowed, as they pursue those responsible and step up operations in that area and also in Iguana Street which gang territory is also apparently split.

As he promised “normalcy” for area residents, Williams added that the murders of Conorquie/Garcia and Pilgrim/King, which took place not far from each other in the same block, appear to be connected while the Iguana Street shooting is separate.

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