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Jan 23, 2017

Murder in Belize City – Arrest Made in Death of Clinton Frazer

Clinton Frazer

A murder on Sunday night claimed the life of one brother and has left another injured. The brothers were at the Conch Shell Bay Fish Market when a man opened fire on them – hitting each sibling once. We received conflicting reports of how the murder happened – one account said that two men rode up on bicycles and fired at the brothers and another account said that the gunman arrived on scene in a vehicle. This evening Police informed us that the attack on the brothers was carried out by two men on bikes. They fired several shots – one of which claimed a man’s life.  One man has since been charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with this attack. Our reporter, Andrea Polanco, has the details of the City’s most recent killing.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Several shots rang out shortly before nine on Sunday night here in the Conch Shell Bay Area – some neighbors say they heard as many as twenty – and some of those bullets found their targets in brothers forty-four-year-old Clinton Frazer and thirty-three-year-old Michael Frazer. Clinton Frazer wasn’t fortunate enough to escape with his life – a single bullet to the back sent him running for cover – he collapsed here on Ebony Street and succumbed to the injury moments later at the KHMH. His younger brother received only a shot to the foot.  The brothers were out here in front of the Conch Shell Bay Market socializing with friends – at least two others – when they were shot. Conflicting reports persist of how the attempt was made on the brothers’ lives.  But what we do know now is that at least one man came up and unleashed a hail of bullets on the Frazers. Reports are that the shooter made good his escape in a get-away vehicle. Just a stone’s throw away – Frazer’s friends and family heard the disturbance.

 

Andrea Polanco

“He was killed not too far from home; did the family hear the shots; anything like that?”

 

Voice of: Close Friend

“Yes! They hear the shots because my house – I live right by – anyway, yes.”

 

Clinton & Michael Frazer

Andrea Polanco

“They had no idea he was the one who was shot- killed?”

 

Voice of: Close Friend

“No. No.”

 

Reporter

“What did you guys do when you heard the shots?”

 

Voice of: Close Friend

“I run out and I the see dah who and when I see that dah my friend mi deh down deh.”

 

Reporter

“How many shots did you hear?”

 

Voice of: Close Friend

“Hmmm bout ova twenty. Dah so, so many. Dah like one deh gun weh deh shoot weh go fast.”

 

Reporter

“Like a semi-automatic?”

 

Voice of: Close Friend

“Some kinda thing. Me nuh know. But dah so much shots, though. So much shots.”

 

Frazer – a father of four – is described as easy going. His friend says that he wasn’t involved in any criminal activity that would threaten his life. And today they still have no clue as to why someone would want him dead. Frazer would frequent the market – a spot where he and his brother would sometimes make a living.

 

Voice of: Close Friend

“Yes. He always heng out da fish market and suh; heng out with his friends and so.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Any attempts made on his life previously?”

 

Voice of: Close Friend

“That I don’t know of. So, I can’t say.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do you know if he had any enemies; any problems of recent?”

 

Voice of: Close Friend

“No Kind of problem. No, no kind. I don’t know nothing or else I mi wah hear. Suh I nuh think so.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So this is certainly something that the family didn’t expect?”

 

Voice of: Close Friend

“None at all. It’s so sad. It’s so sad because I lose a friend; a family ina one. He was a nice person. He like give jokes. Bid you the time ah the day or the night; everything. Every time he see you he tell you good morning or sweet words and thing.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, he wasn’t involved in any criminal activities; any gang or anything like that?”

 

Voice of: Close Friend

“No. No. No kind.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Why do you think someone would want to kill him?”

 

Voice of: Close Friend

“Hmmm. I don’t know the reason, so I really don’t know.”

 

Henry Rudolph Harris

But less than twenty four hours later, Police have arrested and charged twenty-three-year-old Henry Rudolph Harris for the murder of Clinton Frazer and the attempted murder of Michael Frazer. Earlier today, Police said they are looking at all angles to find out what led to the murder – they are yet to determine if Clinton Frazer was the intended target.

 

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood, Media Officer, Belize Police Department

“First, we are trying to establish a motive for the murder because these guys are known to always be in that area socializing when they are not gainfully employed. So, in order for us establish whether or not it is a retaliation, we are definitely looking at it in that angle also. We need to establish the motive and then we can see how the investigation will take its course, nuh?”

 

Fitzroy Yearwood

Andrea Polanco

“Sir, do you believe Clinton was the intended target; because from what we understand he’s forty-four; a family man?”

 

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Well, we are not certain if he was the intended target and we have detained two persons of interest so far. They are being interviewed and we are hoping that the investigators can get something out of them that could bring some sense to this senseless murder.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Sir, are you able to say if there was a get-away vehicle; some vehicle that the men jumped into and left?”

 

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“From our investigators, they believe that a van was parked not too far from where this took place where they may have used to flee the scene.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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