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National Students’ Union of Belize condemns shooting death of Laddie Gillett

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Posted: Friday, July 16, 2021. 1:58 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The National Students’ Union of Belize (NSUB) said it shares the sentiment of people across Belize in condemning the shooting death of young Laddie Gillett at the hands of the Police in Placencia.

The NSUB said Gillett’s death is an “unjust and reckless killing.”

The NSUB statement said that though not everything is clear with regards to the “allegedly murdered by a member of the Belize Police Department,” the NSUB understands the 14-year-old “originally of a Chaa Creek address in the Cayo district of Belize, was enjoying the summer evening socializing with friends when he was fatally shot.”

“All accounts on social media and otherwise seem to indicate that the young man was in no way a threat to himself or anyone else. Photos shared show he was wounded from the back.”

The NSUB said it “condemns this act of violence in the strongest terms possible,” and calls on the Belize Police Department “to conduct a full and independent investigation into what actually transpired [Wednesday] night in Placencia.”

“The NSUB also calls on the Department to hold all those involved fully responsible and prosecute the constable to the full extent of the law.”

The NSUB statement closed by expressing “its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Laddie Gillett as well as all those affected by this unfortunate and regrettable incident.”

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