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Jan 5, 2015

Belmopan Resident Shot and Killed During Violent Weekend

Howell Gillett

There were a total of four shootings over the weekend – three which ended fatal. The third killing occurred on Sunday night in Belmopan and police are saying that evidence so far would suggest that the shooter acted in self-defense. Sometime around seven p.m., the mutilated body of nineteen year old Kevin Vasquez was discovered on Costa Rica Street Extension in the Salvapan Area of Belmopan. The body was found face down on the street with gunshot wounds to the head, chest and left upper leg. Investigations so far are indicating that the nineteen year old Honduran welder of the same area accosted thirty-one year old Mark Conorquie, who was standing outside of his yard. Conorquie has since told police that the deceased approached him and reportedly attempted to pull a gun from his waist. That is when a struggle ensured and Vasquez was fatally shot. Superintendent Howell Gillett told News Five today that a revolver with three shells and three live rounds has since been recovered.

 

Via Phone: Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C., Belmopan Police Formation

“We discovered the body of a male person, who we later learnt to be Kevin Vasquez, a Honduran welder of the same area. Our investigation so far is showing that sometime earlier than that, he went to a house, the home of Mark Conorquie, and Mister Conorquie is reporting that a gun was presented and a struggle ensued between him and the deceased and that is how the deceased received three gunshot wounds to the upper and lower parts of the body. We are still investigating; that is what we have so far, but we will still continue the investigation to uncover if that is the truth or there is another side to what has been reported to us by Mister Conorquie.”

 

Duane Moody

“Now you are saying that it is within that struggle that the same gun that this nineteen year old presumably brought to the scene…that it was used to shoot and kill him?”

 

Via Phone: Supt. Howell Gillett

“Yes, yes. The revolver contained three expended shells inside the chamber as well as three live rounds. We have the revolver and those live rounds that I spoke about we have in our custody.  We at Belmopan police, we investigate from a broad view and we narrow down as investigation goes on. Of course when we have any incident we try to investigate it as a possible murder and then from there we move on until we can uncover what truly transpired.”

 

Vasquez was no stranger to the police; he was named recently in a robbery that occurred over the Christmas period and had two other cases at the Magistrate’s Court in Belmopan for Kidnapping and Attempted Murder. Conorquie and another nineteen year old of Belmopan have both been detained pending further investigation.

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1 Response for “Belmopan Resident Shot and Killed During Violent Weekend”

  1. BOB says:

    THE VICTIM AND THE KILLER WERE BOTH PARTNERS IN CRIME,PEOPLE KNOW IT,HOPE POLICE DO A GOOD INVESTIGATION,AND INVESTIGATE ABOUT OTHER THIEVES AND MURDERERS LIVING BACK THERE.MANY THANKS BMP POLICE

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