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Jun 8, 2016

National Garifuna Council Condemns Senseless Murder of John Jay

John Jay Rodriguez

An autopsy was conducted on the body of thirty-five-year-old John Jay Rodriguez at the K.H.M.H. morgue this afternoon.  The well-known musician was callously slain during a robbery attempt in Dangriga on Friday night.  Rodriguez was one of several patrons inside the Havana Club at the time of the deadly shooting.  While another person was also injured in the neck, the fatal shot caught Rodriguez in the left side of the head, killing him on the spot.  The tragedy has sent the Garifuna community reeling, as the popular singer was considered by many as a positive influence in Dangriga and Hopkins Village.  Earlier today, the National Garifuna Council issued a release condemning the senseless act committed against the young musician.  News Five spoke by phone with Gwen Nunez-Gonzalez.


Gwen Nunez-Gonzalez

On the Phone: Gwen Nunez-Gonzalez, PR Officer, National Garifuna Council

“The National Garifuna Council, as you are aware, has recently issued a release because we are very disappointed with what is going on in our community.  John Jay Rodriguez is considered to be a very productive member of the community.  He was a cultural ambassador in terms of music and we have grown to love the music that he produced because it is very positive.  So for the senseless killing that happened, we decided that we must voice our concern and we are also concerned that many cases are taken to court and the verdict is not guilty, so the conviction rate we are concerned about as well.  And we are urging the young men to try to be more positive and productive because if they are going to focus on guns and destroy families then that is not the way to live.  We are very disheartened, we are disappointed and we have heavy hearts in the National Garifuna Council because John Jay is a Belizean citizen but he’s also a Garifuna youth and we have been trying our utmost best to empower our Garifuna young men and women in cultural pride and also in civic pride as well, you know.  So we are very, very disappointed and we are heartbroken because of what has happened to John Jay.”


News Five understands that the suspect that police initially detained in connection with the shooting has since been released.

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