By Benjamin Flowers: Following a shooting incident involving Deputy Mayor Micah Goodin, the Belize City Council has put out a public statement condemning gun violence in all forms, particularly gun violence.
The council said that it felt obligated to make its position on violence public, after the incident also endangered the council’s Youth Shadow Councilor. The council said that the incident infringes on its core values of protecting our women, children, and youths while providing an environment that fosters amity.
“In 2018 the Council displayed novel leadership when we launched the Youth Shadow Council so that we can mentor our young leaders. This program is meant to enable our youths to actively participate and experience firsthand what it is to lead and develop our municipality,” the council said.
The council said that it continues to encourage the Police Department and relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate the matter.
Tarique James, 31, and Kenyon Tillett, 28, have since been remanded to the Belize Central Prison, for shooting at Deputy Mayor Goodin and Tae Medina, following an altercation on the morning of May 12.