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Sep 14, 2016

Another City murder; four men detained for death of bus conductor Raul Medina

Raul Medina

Twenty-nine year old Raul Medina was met with a spray of bullets at about nine-thirty on Tuesday night at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Helen Middleton Street in the City. Medina, a well-known bus conductor, was heading home when he was cold-bloodedly blasted by a gunman who exited a vehicle.  He was rushed to the K.H.M.H. but died while undergoing treatment. Four persons have been detained, three were in court earlier today for other offenses and the fourth person handed himself to police late this evening. But does this latest murder have any links to another recent execution? News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Gun violence erupted once more in the City overnight claiming the life of aBelize Cityyouth. Twenty-nine year old Raul Medina was shot multiple times to the head and upper body as he was walking near the corner ofCentral American BoulevardandHelen Middleton Streeton south sideBelize City. AsMedinaheaded to his home onJabaru Street, some four blocks away, an SUV drove up to him where at least one gunman exited the vehicle and opened fire on him.

 

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

ACP Chester Williams

“He was approached by four male persons in a van, not a van, but a Mitsubishi Montero Sport. And from that vehicle, someone fired multiple shots at him which caught him to the neck and abdomen.”

 

Felicita Suazo, Mother of Murder Victim

“When ih get ina the accident, ih brain done damage already; ih can’t resist the next damage. They say ih got gunshot pan ih head, the face. That dah how dehn tell me because I noh see ahn yet.”

 

The vehicle then sped off towards the direction of Faber’s Road. In this amateur footage,Medina, who is dressed in a short jeans pants and a multicolored stripped shirt, is seen lying on his left side, bleeding profusely. Paramedics from BERT were quick to arrive on the scene; he was placed on a stretcher carried to the ambulance and rushed to the K.H.M.H. just after midnight.Medinawould succumb to the gunshot injuries.

 

Felicita Suazo

Felicita Suazo

“When she reached here, half an hour after she call me di tell me, “Mom, he ina bad condition. The doctor say ih noh know if ih wah get it, but ih just the try survive.” I tell ahn, “If the doctor tell yo ih can’t get it, please tell ahn noh make ih punish because I wah feel more bad to see how ih stand.” Then from there, she call me back di tell me “Mom, done…weh you have to do.”

 

Medina’s mother, Felicita Sauzo says she was at home and heard the echoes from at least fourteen blasts in the distance; never did she think that her son was being murdered.

 

Felicita Suazo

“I heard the gunshots from around nine-thirty. When I hear the lotta gunshots, I tell my daughter, “You hear di lot of gunshot?” She said, “Yes mom.” So I said, “If it is somebody get it, I noh think that ih wah survive. But I check the time say this dah the time that Raul usually comes home, but I hope not he. I took off the TV, I gone dah my bed. About half an hour later, I hear somebody come holler, but I neva put mind cause nobody usually come see we. But sometimes he stay with ih friend and noh come sleep at night, so I said, I noh worry cause sometimes he noh come back home. Like how we noh put mind, the people gone back and afterwards return. I tell my daughter to open the door to see who come holler wi. When she opened the window, she recognize the person and the person tell ahn, gial yo bredda get shot.”

 

According to reports to News Five, the getaway vehicle drove on toFreedom Streetand into a police checkpoint near its junction withJabaru Street. The Mitsubishi Montero SUV was reportedly fired upon by officers before it was abandoned a short distance away. Four men, two of them reportedly with firearms in hand, exited the vehicle in an effort to escape, leaving their personal belongings behind. These items have been confiscated by the police and ACP Chester Williams says that they have since detained one person and are looking for at least two others. Interestingly, they are the same persons reportedly linked to the stabbing murder of George McKenzie Junior in late August.

 

ACP Chester Williams

“I don’t really want to go into the character of the deceased, but the persons who are the suspects at this time, we are pursuing them and they are the same persons who were the suspects in the stabbing at the ITVET during the so call fest that they had at the ITVET. So we are pursuing them at this time; we have one of them in custody already. The vehicle we know who it belongs to. There are certain things that were found in the vehicle that will lead us to other persons who may be involved and we are pursuing them at this time.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

All four men are no strangers to the law. Two are siblings who were accused in a 2015 robbery, but were charged only for firearm offenses when a gun was found in their possession. Another was charged for an attempted murder and the fourth is facing robbery charges.

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