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Jan 5, 2015

‘Robbery’ Assassinated On Boulevard

Kareem Lopez

It’s only five days into the New Year, and there are already three murder victims as the bloodbath extended from Belize City to Belmopan. The manager of Dream Valley, Yaima Ledesma, was murdered cold bloodedly on New Year’s Day at the resort in Teakettle. Over the weekend, two others were shot and killed in the city. Well-known George Street figure, Kareem Lopez aka “Robbery” was gunned down on Saturday night. When he exited his vehicle, a barrage of gunshots found their mark on him killing him instantly. Late this evening, Troy Hyde was charged for the murder of Lopez.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

On Saturday night around ten-thirty, a burst of gunfire mortally wounded twenty-eight-year-old Kareem Lopez.  He had just purchased food at a business on Central American Boulevard and was returning to his vehicle when he was viciously cut down.  Known to many as ‘Robbery’, the recognized George Street affiliate had just left his residence on Jane Usher Boulevard when he was accosted by unidentified assailants.  Lopez was shot multiple times and left for dead.

 

Raphael Martinez

Raphael Martinez, Police Press Officer

“At approximately 10:20 p.m. police visited an area near to a fast-food establishment on Central American Boulevard where they saw the body of twenty-eight-year-old Kareem Frederick Lopez, better known as Robbery, lying on the boulevard with multiple gunshot wounds to the body.  Initial investigations revealed that he drove up to that establishment in his vehicle and as he came out of his vehicle he was approached by a group of men who fired several shots at him causing the fatal injury.”

 

According to the businesswoman, who spoke with us off record, the fusillade sent everyone in the vicinity running for cover.  When the smoke cleared a fatally injured Lopez lay bleeding profusely.  Superintendent Hilberto Romero, Officer In Charge of CIB, Eastern Division.

 

Hilberto Romero

Supt. Hilberto Romero, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division

“We have one person in custody.  We continue the investigation [and] we are recording several statements, conducting interviews and if at the end of the investigation there is sufficient evidence then we will be able to charge that person that is in custody.  We have one person in custody at this time for that murder.”

 

Robbery, no stranger to the law, has an extensive rap sheet beginning with the murder of twenty-six-year-old Mark Gardiner in October 2006.  Despite turning himself in and later being charged with murder, Lopez was acquitted four years later when Gardiner’s brother refused to testify.  His run-ins with the law would only continue.

 

In July 2011, along with Keon Francis, Robbery was shot while seated inside a vehicle on Nurse Finley Crescent.  The motive for that shooting was believed to be internal strife within the Gill Street Gang, at the time an offshoot of George Street.

 

Fitzroy Yearwood

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer [File: July 7th, 2011]

“Police responded to a scene a little after seven p.m. last night at the corner of Nurse Findley’s Crescent, a little of Faber’s Road. This is opposite Excelsior School, the high school, where they saw Kareem Lopez and Keon Francis suffering from several gunshot wounds to the body. Initial investigations reveal that these men were [walking], they walked from the basketball court to a car that was parked at that location where a lone gunman opened fire on them. Police recovered around twenty-four expended shells from the scene. We have a person in custody and Lopez is presently listed in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital while Francis is in stable condition. Lopez received several body shots, one to the left side of the chest, to the abdomen and other parts of the body.”

 

Sometime thereafter, Lopez migrated to the United States but was deported after a brief stay.  In July 2013, he was charged along with several others for failing to report to Belize City police following his deportation.

 

A year later he would once again make headlines after discharging a firearm with reckless abandon on Carnival Day.  That incident happened on Douglas Jones Street and within minutes of the arraignment he was detained pending the outcome of a murder investigation.  His spate would go unabated through to November twenty-fifth when he was charged with drug possession.

 

Back on the scene of Saturday’s deadly shooting, Police Press Officer Raphael Martinez.

 

Raphael Martinez

“Of course he was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where the body awaiting a post mortem.  One man has been detained but as I mentioned before my colleague would be more than willing to oblige with the details of that.”

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“The deceased was a known person to the police and we have several theories that we are following up on.  I can’t say specifically if that is the case, as I said we have several theories we are following up at this time.”

 

Reporter

“Is it gang related?”

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Well he is a member of a notorious gang and that is one of the theories we are also following up on.”

 

News Five approached several of Lopez’s relatives for comment; however, they declined to speak on the murder.  While reprisals are expected in the wake of the murder, police say all necessary measures are being put in place to thwart any retaliation.

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Several patrols are out in the city, we have checkpoints and intelligence people working on the ground and the necessary steps are being taken to prevent any further escalation of violence.  We had the murder this morning and again we cannot be everywhere, the patrols are out there stepping up their work and searches.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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3 Responses for “‘Robbery’ Assassinated On Boulevard”

  1. ABout time says:

    I Love it! Live by the gun die by the gun.

  2. Ignorance doesn't pay says:

    U sound ignorant and stupid……..

  3. Karma does says:

    Ignorance doesn’t pay but karma does

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