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Jul 7, 2015

No Arrests in the Murder of Reporter Kareem Clarke

Kareem Clarke

It has been over twenty-four hours since the execution-style murder of beloved print journalist Kareem Clarke.  At news time tonight, Belize City police are no closer to ascertaining a motive in the deadly shooting.  As we’ve reported, Clarke was riding his bicycle in the early hours of Monday morning after reportedly leaving the residence of a friend.  Upon arriving at the intersection of Lakeview and Vernon streets he was accosted by a lone gunman who let loose a barrage of gunfire, hitting Clarke to multiple parts of the body.  In the wake of that homicide, the third in that vicinity within the past two weeks, police have launched an investigation.  Regrettably, the department has little to go by and officers assigned to the case are yet to effect an arrest.  The senseless killing of the young reporter, announcer and cameraman with the Kremandala institution has resulted in an outpour of sympathy for family, friends and colleagues of the slain writer.  Tonight, we continue our somber reflections on the professional life of Kareem Clarke.

 

Jules Vasquez

Jules Vasquez, Colleague, 7 News

“The loss is indescribable.  The space, dah such a small unassuming guy but the psychic and spiritual space that Kareem occupied, mein it just leaves all of us with a big hole.”

 

Shane Williams

Shane Williams, Colleague, Guardian Newspaper

“I remember a few years ago reading the Amandala I kept seeing this name Kareem Clarke.  Now I’m a member of the press and I had no idea who Kareem Clarke is and I just kept seeing the name.  I said, who is this person writing all these stories and I remember at an event for B.T.B. I met this little, short guy with is cap tilted to the right side, chilling at the back.  I saw him writing so I approached him and asked what you name and he said Shane I dah Kareem. Ih said I like what you are doing and I like this job too. One thing I noticed about Kareem is that we can relate to each other cause we had similar backgrounds; we came from the hood. And every time I would go on assignments and meet Kareem, he would say Shane, we wah mek it; we wah mek it. if there ever was a guy who was motivated to change the stars, I mean. Kareem was the hardest working member of the media that I know and he was the most productive. And if there ever was somebody who would really change their life and change their family life, Kareem was that person.”

 

Dennis Ellis

Dennis Ellis, Cameraman, Krem TV

“He’s willing to learn how to become a better camera man; he’s willing to know how to be a better reporter; he’s always willing to better himself and in doing that, he always became a better person. The smile, the smile, the smile…always di smile. He was the hardest working person in the newsroom; he was everywhere—unassuming, but always everywhere. He has this thing that whenever he saw me first thing in the morning, he would say hey, you the guy. And I would say no, no; I’m not the guy…you’re the guy. That was Clarke. He was always there, even when you didn’t see him. Like Shane said, unassuming in the back, but sitting in the big stages. Always on the big stages, always ready to make the big stages…stand up and do what they should because he also had the good questions.”

 

Alexis Milan

Alexis Milan, Colleague, Reporter Newspaper

“I think it’s a great loss for the media in Belize that he is gone now. He is a young man who had a big future. Some words I can think to describe him – intelligent, dedicated, driven and it’s just sad to see that he no longer has the opportunity to pursue his future. I think it is a also a sign of the times in Belize that it doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter how you live your life; that no one is safe or spared from the violence that’s plaguing our society.”

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