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Laddie Gillett Memorial Day: Life lessons from Cayo teenager shot dead in Placencia

Posted: Friday, July 1, 2022. 11:15 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: July 14 is the unhappy anniversary of teenager Laddie Gillett’s killing in Placencia, Stann Creek District, allegedly at the hands of police officer Kareem Gillett.

But the Justice for Laddie Foundation aims to turn the day into a celebration of his life and legacy to Belize.

Activities planned include an event in Placencia in the afternoon starting at the village sign on the beach, with the unveiling of Laddie’s Memorial Garden and a “Finish Laddie’s Run” marathon will begin from the place he took his last breath to his wished-for destination at Chabil Mar. All participants will receive a Laddie remembrance t-shirt and a treat bag.

If you can’t make it to Placencia, you are invited to hold your candle high during the national “Shine A Light For Laddie” initiative, and show that you care.

The foundation also listed six life lessons which can be found in detail on its website. In order, they are: live life to its fullest; be kind; every day is a gift; justice requires vigilance; justice is not equally applied; and, it is important to listen to, support, and value our young people.

The Foundation writes: “In a developing country like Belize, our young people are our greatest asset. Especially in this challenging world, our youths represent our nation’s potential, each one carrying the hopes and dreams of those who have gone before. But to have the best chance to achieve that potential, they must be nurtured, cared for, supported and respected. This, we hope, will become Laddie’s Legacy. The Justice For Laddie Foundation was created to listen to and support Belizean youth. With scholarships, mentoring, career development, forums, and by giving a voice to Belize’s future custodians, The Foundation aims to help our young people fulfill their enormous potential.”


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