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Jul 6, 2016

Late Afternoon Bloodbath Leaves 2 Belize City Men Dead

Tevin Palmer

The police department, in separate jurisdictions, is working overtime tonight to quell the late afternoon violence that has erupted on the north and south sides of Belize City.  The first murder took place inside a residence on Castle Street where a teenager, identified as Tevin Palmer, was fatally wounded by gunfire.  Neighbors told News Five off record that they heard a single blast sometime after three o’clock.  Shortly thereafter, they were informed that a shooting incident had just taken place in the adjacent property.  Inside the home was a seventeen-year-old minor popularly known as Chi-Cha.  He had been shot at least once to the body.  The location, we are made to understand, is often frequented by a number of people.  While Queen Street police are yet to confirm whether the incident is gang-related, onlookers suggested that Palmer was an affiliate of the George Street Gang.

Devin Parham

Several minutes later, sometime around four o’clock, as many as nine shots were fired at close range upon another unsuspecting individual as he walked down Cemetery Road.  Nineteen-year-old Devin Parham was injured multiple times to various parts of the body in that hail of bullets which is believed to be an act of reprisal for Palmer’s shooting moments earlier.  He died at the scene of the shooting.

 

ACP Chester Williams, Commander, Eastern Division South

“There was a shooting on Cemetery Road in front of Habet & Habet where one Devin Parham was fatally shot.  Police’s swift response to that matter has led to the detention of a suspect with a nine millimeter pistol.  He is currently in custody and the police investigation continues.  To say that there was a chaos is overstating the fact.  So there was no chaos.”

 

Chester Williams

Reporter

“Sir I now you don’t like to get into the gang elements so much, but in this situation, Mister Parham, we understand is a known gang figure and the one who was gunned down previously, couple hours before that, was also a gang figure of another gang, who has some sort of rivalry between this one that was gunned down. Was this gang element at play in these situations? Are they related?”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“Mister Parham that I know, who was killed today, as far as I know him, he is a person that hangs out at 123rd. I do not know of him to be involved in gang. Yes around him do have a number of persons who are associated with criminal gangs. So to say that he was, I don’t know. So I will not tell you that he was a member of a gang. But like you rightly said, we do believe that the shooting of Parham was a retaliation as a result of the shooting that took place on Castle Street just minutes earlier. And the suspect that we have in custody is from Castle Street. You know north side always say that people from south side go on north side and create crime; well, north side man come pan south side and create crime too because the suspect is from north side, but he is associated with George Street Gang.”

 

Reporter

“And then just to clear the waters, Mister Parham as you said is not a known gang member, but he associates himself with members of SSG.”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“Parham is from 123rd.”

 

Reporter

“What sort of intervention methods are you guys putting in place now to quell the public terror?”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“You see after we had the shooting on Friday night whereby Mister Gentle was shot on Regent Street West, we had no intervention. And we believe that the shooting today on Castle Street was a retaliation of the shooting of Gentle. So you can see now the importance of the interventions. For the critics who want to sit and say that the interventions are killing out young men; that is not so. The interventions do work. And yes, there is a situation now that needs to be dealt with. I believe that both murders will be solved—the one of north side and the one on south side. For the one on north side, I am sure that the officers on north side will give you more details, but they know who did it and we already have some of those suspects in custody and they will be handed over to north side. And like I said, the one that took place on south side, we actually caught the suspect just after the act, with his gun and we have witnesses as well who have given statements. So in both cases we are making great inroads. So both of them will be solved; those perpetrators will be sent to prison. Bbut we still have to ensure that we do the relevant mediation to be able to quell the situation because it can get worse and as you have said there might be chaos then and we do not want to reach a chaotic situation.”

 

Parham, a resident of Curassow Street had been targeted on a previous occasion a short distance from where he lived.  During the fusillade, he was shot in the left ankle.

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3 Responses for “Late Afternoon Bloodbath Leaves 2 Belize City Men Dead”

  1. Newswatcher says:

    Crime is on the rise and there’s no true plan to stop with the reactive Police we have and Politicians who don’t care.

  2. Newswatcher says:

    I wonder what would happen if the violence would start to target the middle and upper class of Belize society what the Police and Govt reaction would be???

  3. Belizean Pride says:

    I wouldn’t mind if the crime would start to hit the political level so then they would understand what is crime level. Since they are cool and sucking money they don’t care while they enjoy the high sits. Our Jewel is going down every single day due to lack of vision from gov down to the last gov link. Tax will soon go higher and nothing as better is yet t come. Wish I would have the opportunity to ask face to face mr. barrow when will that happen.

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