Murders Continue on the Rise!

Murders Continue on the Rise!

Government State of Emergency, a Failure!

Belize City: Tuesday 2nd October, 2018

The UDP government has been focusing on a state of emergency strategy cordoning off an area of south-side Belize City as their response to violent crime, while the country’s death toll continue to rise at an accelerated pace confirming the inability of government to address crime holistically.
Over the weekend, two innocent men were slaughtered in a bloodbath which almost claimed the life of a third man.
In a press conference on Monday, police confirmed that Caye Caulker resident, Christopher Meighan, 21, was butchered by two knife men in San Pedro town.
According to police information, on Thursday night, Meighan checked into Central Park Hotel with his suspected killers.
However, less than 24 hours later, the clean-up lady found Meighan butchered to death inside his room as he failed to check out of the hotel.
He was found with his throat slashed, and other violent stabbed wounds all over his body before he was left bleeding to death on a white mattress which was soaked in his blood.
Lalman Logan, a prime suspect in Meighan’s death, was nabbed at the Philip Goldson International Airport before he could have fled prosecution. The other suspect, Rufino Hernandez, was detained days later.
Both men have since been remanded to the Hattieville prison.
The second murder unfolded shortly after midnight on Sunday. Samuel Castro, 25, was socializing on Muffles Street in Orange Walk town when two men on a motorcycle rode up next to him.
The men armed with firearms, opened fire hitting him once in the back and three times in the left arm.
Castro, died on the street side beside his own motorcycle.
His grieving girlfriend, Yvette Leiva, told the press that Castro's murder may have been a mistaken identity because he was not a troublesome person nor affiliated to any gang.
She believes that he may have been innocently targeted.
According to Ms Leiva, he was killed while he was picking up tortillas in the area for another friend.
She hopes that justice will be served for his murder.
Fifteen minutes after Castro’s death, Justin Diaz, 24, was targeted purportedly by the same motorcycle murderers.
Diaz was on a bicycle at the corner of Sapodilla and Zericote Streets, making his way home when the men rode up to him and opened fire.
Diaz was shot once in the chest and in the leg but survived the attack. He was transported from the Northern Regional Hospital to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) where he remains in a critical condition.
The entire incident was caught on camera, and it is believed that Diaz knew who his attackers were.
Information to Belize Times is that both shooting incidents are connected to an internal rivalry between the Backatown Crips Gang in the Orange Walk Town.
Members of the gang are reportedly battling for leadership since the recent murder of the gang’s reputed boss, Junior Triminio, has left the post vacant.
And so, while the Government of Belize scrambles to find a solution or strategy to the nationwide violent crime, they have a blood bath problem brewing in Orange Walk town with more violence and murders which is on the rise.

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