By Aaron Humes: On this day seven years ago, the press corps woke up to the very worst kind of news – another murder in Belize City.
But it was the victim that rocked us all to our core.
Kareem Clarke, 27, was beginning to make a name for himself at Belize’s leading newspaper, Amandala, and dabbled in radio and broadcast news with corporate sisters KREM Radio and Television. The graduate of St Joseph Primary School and Edward P. Yorke High School had long held an enjoyment of reading and writing and after an entry job at Fultec Systems, broke into journalism with the Kremandala media empire.
That was a Tuesday morning, hours after the Amandala’s mid-week edition had been put to bed, and Kareem – “Remo” to all who knew him – was on his way home when a gunman took his life feet away from a police checkpoint on Lakeview and Vernon Streets.
Then-Officer Commanding Eastern Division Chester Williams told the media that Kareem’s murder was categorized as a random shooting. After a few weeks police made an arrest, but the subsequent trial ended in acquittal due to identification issues and no arrests have been made since.
Clarke remains sadly missed by his immediate family and his wider media family, and a memorial fund in his name was established to assist charitable causes. The upcoming Ride for Hunger by Joel “Dara” Robinson was also established in his honour.