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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2024. 1:31 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Police are on the ground this afternoon at the scene of Belize City’s first murder of 2024.

The victim is Jose “El Wapo” Matus, 45, originally from Corozal Town.

Matus is alleged to have been targeted with an assault rifle on Rio Bravo Crescent in the Fabers Road Extension area this afternoon. He is reported to have been driving a blue GMC vehicle, which was sprayed with gunfire through the driver’s side window. He apparently died behind the wheel.

Two females who appeared to have been walking past the vehicle but were otherwise believed to be unconnected to Matus were grazed by the barrage of gunfire and have been rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Matus was previously targeted last year in the Lake Independence area but escaped unhurt. Police had charged him in June with being a member of a gang, and he was previously wanted in connection with a state of emergency in 2022 following a spate of killings.

Reports already suggest that retaliatory killings could be in store as police investigations continue.

 

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