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Jun 13, 2014

Kirk Smith Jr. succumbs after being shot at a graduation party

Kirk Smith Jr.

The other victim of gun violence is twenty-two-year-old Kirk ‘Lenny’ Smith Junior who succumbed to gunshot injuries he received during an armed assault at a graduation party just after midnight on Sunday. Smith Junior was one of five persons wounded when gunfire erupted inside a packed hall at the Brown Sugar Marketplace, where friends and family gathered to celebrate the occasion. It is reported that Smith Junior was also one of two men who entered the premises uninvited, made their way to the second floor of the complex and let loose indiscriminately on the partygoers. Police have reason to believe that the incident was in retaliation to a previous shooting near the corner of Newtown Barracks and Calle al Mar in the wee early hours of Sunday morning, prior to the shooting of Smith. The confrontation, according to Assistant Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura, is the result of a misunderstanding between factions of the Ghost Town and George Street gangs.  The fallout has led to a spate of shootings across Belize City within a two-day period which started on Sunday.  In the wake of Smith Junior’s passing, it is expected that the criminal investigation will be upgraded to murder.  While several persons have been detained, charges are yet to be brought against them.

 

Gualberto Garcia

Supt. Gualberto Garcia, Officer Commanding Precinct 3, Belize City Police

“The investigation is ongoing. Two investigations are the shooting that happened at the Princess Casino area and the shooting that happened at the Brown Sugar Plaza. The Brown Sugar Plaza incident has been upgraded from a mere shooting to a murder investigation because the person that was most serious passed away last night after seven p.m. and it is being dealt with as a murder. We detained a few persons initially, but at this moment, we do not have any concrete evidence to lay charges on anybody at this moment.”

 

Going into the weekend, the City streets have been beefed up with police patrols as urban violence spirals. 

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4 Responses for “Kirk Smith Jr. succumbs after being shot at a graduation party”

  1. Rod says:

    Well my condolances to the parents and family of this young man who has died because of the impotence and incompetence of this pm and gov. Like I have said before the bodies keep piling up at the morgue now 4015 murders have been committed in this country since judas barrow has been in office and at this rate we will hit 5000 murders soon you better just hope that you or one of your family members are not included in the next 1000 murders that will occur in this country a fact that you belizeans better take heed and get rid of this useless pm and gov. Before it is too late.

  2. Louisville, Ky. says:

    When a criminal has the heart to walk into a crowded room of young people celebrating and fires a semi- automatic weapon indiscriminately, that killer Needs to die.
    I have no condolences to offer his family. Just bury that, like the animal that he is. Cold talk!
    When Hubert Elrington suggested that the police gathered all the rival gang bangers and take them to a remote location, give each group sufficient guns and ammunition and let them shoot it out away from innocent civilians, people called him crazy glue. If your child was at that graduation party, Mr. Hubert’s suggested solution to this gang foolishness,don’t sound so crazy after all you know.
    Why must innocent people die because of some stupid beef they have nothing to do with?
    Oh, ‘Crazy glue’ fi fudehn backside. Yeah, I said it!….and who bex bex, that’s all.

  3. Simon says:

    Thats what the media should do-embarass all those hoods who think they re killers. Let them know that no matter how bad they think they are, when they die and especially like this bumbling buffoon amateur killer, the media will show it and make jokes of their wasted lives. They lived to entertain the rest of us, not to make us fear-they are all a joke. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHa stupid.

  4. Belizean fi life says:

    Wat goes around comes around!!! remember dat phase!!! :-)

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