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Apr 20, 2015

Tour Guide “Bird” Magdaleno Executed By Lone Gunman Inside His Vehicle

Vern Magdaleno

The spate of violence over the weekend extended to the City where six persons were injured and one man was killed. The gun violence started as early as seven-thirty on Friday night on Banak Street, near its junction with Magazine Road. Within forty-five minutes, gunshots rang out on Curl Thompson Street and Central American Boulevard. We start our report of the crimes in the City with the murder of thirty-five year old Vern Magdaleno, who was executed inside his car at the junction of Faber’s Road and Central American Boulevard around eight-ten on Friday night. Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Hundreds of persons gathered on Friday night at the junction of Faber’s Road and Central American Boulevard where police had cordoned off the street from traffic. Inside a Mazda car on the right hand side of the boulevard, its driver, thirty-five year old Vern Magdaleno, better known as “Bird,” laid dead after a gunman reportedly fired a single shot to the side of his head. He had just arrived at Titoe Fry Chicken, where his common-law wife alighted the vehicle to go and purchase food when the report of a single blast shattered the ambience.

 

Voice of: Witness

“There was a crowd of people rushing for the moment. I was distracted for a little while and next thing I heard bow. I looked outside quickly and I saw this person riding off. Next thing I knew somebody started crying, which in I didn’t know that was his spouse. She was at the moment, buying a fry chicken. She ran to the vehicle checked on him and run back into the crowd of people that were in front of the shop. I was terrified at the moment and I ran to the back of the shop and I called 911.”

 

The gunman would ride off on bicycle and escape from police who arrived shortly after the incident occurred. It is believed that surveillance camera in the area may have caught the incident on tape.

 

Hilberto Romero

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Head, CIB, Eastern Division

“Police visited an area at the corner of Faber’s Road and Central American Boulevard where they saw the lifeless body of Vern Magdaleno, thirty-five years, Belizean of a Faber’s Road Extension address with a single gunshot wound to the left side of the head. He was in a seated position inside of his car. He was thereafter transported to the K.H.M.H. where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police recovered one expended nine millimeter shell from the scene. Several persons were at that establishment purchasing chicken at the time and we’ve conducted several interviews and recorded several statements, but so far we have not been able to lay any charges on anyone regarding this shooting.”

 

Duane Moody

“Do you know the suspect?”

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“We are looking for persons of interest at this time, but again we have not been able to charge anyone for that murder.”

 

Duane Moody

“Was there any surveillance video that was retrieved that captured the incident as it happened?”

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero
“Well we have our officers still working on that. today’s Monday and they are reviewing the entire area to see if the cameras captured anything, but so far we have not gotten any at this time.”

 

But who would want Magdaleno dead? Police say that they have yet to ascertain a motive for the latest homicide in the city. His family, also, is clueless as to who could have wanted their youngest brother dead and why.

 

Albert Magdaleno

Albert Magdaleno, Brother of Murder Victim

“My sister called and said that they just shot our brother. She was screaming and crying. So I left the event and I came down immediately on my motorbike. When I got near Faber’s Road, he was still inside the car and police would not allow me to go and see his body because it was a crime scene. Eventually they took him out of the car and put him in the pickup truck and then they carried him off to the morgue. I followed the police truck to the morgue and that’s when I saw him lifeless in the back of the truck with a gunshot wound to the ear, straight in the ear and the bullet lodged in the head, I would believe, killing him on the spot.”

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Again, as I’ve said, we have not motive for that. Like I’ve said before he had only been charged for a burglary as far as we know and he is not known to associate with any persons of questionable character.”

 

Albert Magdaleno

“No he didn’t make any complaint as to say he was being threatened or that somebody was after him or anything of that sort. As a matter of fact, there was no physical threat because he moves around freely. He goes to the shop, he goes to eighty-eight to buy; he takes his children to school. So if there was a threat, he would be more cautious in the way he moved, but there was no threat. So with that we are still puzzled as to why he was killed and for what reason.”

 

Magdaleno leaves behind his common-law wife and their three children. Duane Moody for News Five.

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