By Aaron Humes: Coming off 125 murders in 2021, the last thing the Police Department needs is a spree to start 2022.
But there have already been five murders in twelve days as of this writing, prompting concern.
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that the types of murders seen recently fall outside of average patterns with the exception of Daniel Lopez in Belize City, which we will cover separately.
As he explained: “If you look at the type of murders we have had, it’s not like those I am seeing in the past. We had the double murder in Maskall Road which again is an isolated area. It’s not an area that the police is patrolling frequently; and then we have the murder [Tuesday] morning where a father and a son, where the son who claimed that he has been abused for years by his father and I guess he had enough and took his father’s life [Tuesday] morning and then we had the one in Dangriga and then the one in Belize City.”
Respectively, those murder victims are Raymond Dominguez and Justin Milligan, Salvador Rivas, and Joshua Flores.
On Wednesday, Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa noted that Belize City, in particular, has only had two murders in two months – Lopez and the New Year’s Eve murder of Akeem Welch.
Musa stated that the Leadership Intervention Unit and the Police will ‘spring into action’ to address these incidents, though noted that some of the murders were in remote areas.
Musa said it was no longer acceptable to be “numb to crime”, citing the seeming inability to care by the likes of former Minister of National Security John Saldivar and previous officeholders.
In his case, said Musa, he and the Commissioner will remain available and be on hand to personally comfort those grieving violence and promise justice.