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Mar 14, 2016

Belize City Woman Murdered After Weekend Concert

Tanika Lemoth

A Belize City mother of two was shot and killed early on Sunday morning. It is a tragic ending to the life of thirty-four year old Tanika Lemoth as women all over celebrate Women’s Month. Lemoth was travelling in a taxi when the shooting took place in the area of Saint John’s Vianney on Faber’s Road.  The taxi driver, Jaime Villanueva, and passengers Doris Gilharry and Hanifa Flowers were also injured. From all accounts, the shooters approached the taxi from behind and opened fire although the motive of the shooting remains unclear. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Voice of: Arilee Tucker, Sister of Deceased

“It was just a ladies night out. Everybody want go see Christopher Martin and just have fun; that dah mi weh we about. And I noh want nobody get it twisted because she dah noh wah violent person and she dah noh wah trouble person none at all.”

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

It was simply a ladies night out at a concert on Saturday night, but something went awfully wrong when friends: Tanika Lemoth, Doris Gilharry, Hanifa Flowers and friend got into a taxi heading home to retire after a night of partying. At least one gunman would take aim at the taxi on Faber’s Road just after four on Sunday morning.

 

Voice of: Arilee Tucker

“We were at the concert and we mi di have fun. We never had no misunderstanding or no problem with nobody. My sister dah noh di type of person weh deal with misunderstanding. She dah wah very loving person, full of life; she was about party…she dah noh bout no gun or none ah dehn deh. It was just a mild night Duane. Nothing went wrong. We were just into partying and having fun. Words I can’t explain…nothing at all went wrong. At least when I left she, I know my sister was okay. When I left, my sister mi already gone, left from off the grounds, mussi di walk out cause I gone look fi ahn and I never see ahn.”

 

Investigations reveal a vehicle drove up from behind and opened fire on the taxi transporting the female passengers. Lemoth, Gilharry and Villanueva were hit on various parts of the body; Lemoth died minutes later from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back. Villanueva has since been treated and released, but Gilharry remains hospitalized.

 

Alejandro Cowo

Insp. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., CIB, Eastern Division South

“Upon arrival at the location, personnel observed a male person lying on the ground suffering from apparent gunshot wound to the back. He identified that person as Jaime Villanueva, a taxi driver. Also on the scene was one Doris Gilharry suffering from apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Search inside of a white car that was being driven at the time by Mister Villanueva, police found a female who was identified as Tanika Lemoth suffering from three apparent gunshot wounds—one to the chest and two to the back. The two females and the male person were transported to the K.H.M.H. where Tanika Lemoth was pronounced dead on arrival at four-twenty a.m. in the morning.”

 

Lemoth’s eldest sister, Arilee Tucker, was immediately called and notified of her sister’s tragic end. Much to her disbelief, Tucker rushed to the K.H.M.H. to find that her sister was in fact dead.

 

Voice of: Arilee Tucker

“As they drop me home I get the news. They called and said that they shot up my sister. I said no, they can’t shot up my sister cause I just left my sister dah concert the party. I said no cause dah my next lee sister di call me and tell me this. Then they call me from hospital and tell me yes, dehn shot up my sister and my sister dead. I never believe it; I had to gone see it for myself. I want know why? Why? She dah noh dah type deh.”

 

Police say that a motive has not been ascertained, but information is that the murder was triggered from an incident on north side Belize City minutes before.

 

Insp. Alejandro Cowo

“At this time we are working, questioning several people as to what transpired, but we cannot established or tell you exactly what is the motive behind this murder at this time.”

 

Duane Moody

“Who shot at the white taxi with the passengers?”

 

Insp. Alejandro Cowo

“Information we have is that Mister Villanueva was driving on Fabers Road heading towards Central American Boulevard and upon reaching by the bump on Fabers Road, almost in front of the Vianney Church; a vehicle came from behind and fired several shots at the vehicle causing the injuries to the victim and fatally wounding Miss Lemoth.”

 

Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“The incident as you rightly alluded to Duane began at the concert. I wish that concert hadn’t taken place, but that has nothing to do with me. But it happened after the concert. This is a trend that we had been observing. To every time we have concerts on north side and elements from the south side goes over to those concerts…when the concerts are over, there’s normally a spill off on south side.”

 

Lemoth was the youngest of five sisters and has two sons, ages seventeen and fifteen. For the family it is even more heart-wrenching because this is the second sibling to be murdered.

 

Voice of: Arilee Tucker

“They tear apart what could never be replaced. That space will be right there. My ma have five girls and weh hurt too is that this is the second time this happen to fi we family. Ten years ago it was my bredda, Dwayne Lemoth; dehn just juke he down and nothing come out of it. Now, dah my lee sister innocently. Dem shooting up a taxi with wah load a girls, woman…that dah no sense, yo understand. To me, that’s coward.”

 

Three persons, who are well known to police, have since been detained for questioning in connection with this murder. Duane Moody for News Five.

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5 Responses for “Belize City Woman Murdered After Weekend Concert”

  1. Steve says:

    I agree with Chester- why have these concerts on north side? What is wrong with keeping them close to their homes and do it at Yarbrough so they don’t have to take taxis home? They just bring their loud music loud cussing and fights and dirty up the place with trash and bottles, stab up and shoot people then go back- have these things where they live then they can behave like animals all day and. Night if they want there

  2. Jane says:

    This is ridiculous blaming the concert so because the police department is incompetent and cant control crime other hard working, honest people should not have fun…this concert could have been held in Belmopan and on goers would still go. The police need to do a thorough investigation and punish the people responsible. We should not be condemn to our homes because nothing can be done about these criminals. Chester needs to prepare himself for an interview because most of the time he talk sh*t…When innocent people die he say they should not have gone out and when gangs members are killed he does his interview with a smile on his face because they are making his job easier!!!!!!

  3. Greeneyes says:

    Steve you sound stupid. Let me tell you something, I live by George St all my life and its not till I move to the north side I know what ghetto is. Neighbors aren’t neighbors, they litter any where, play loud music and smoke weed more than the ones on George St. If you go to concerts you will see many of the north side elite people acting a fool, because they just sniffed their last line. so don’t let me have to tell your ignorant ass what to go do with yourself.

  4. Spike says:

    The gunmen should be hanged.

  5. Jason says:

    Greeneyes-so stay at George St.

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