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Feb 3, 2017

Keimar Nicholas Dies; Case Being Treated as Murder

Keimar Nicholas

The third murder victim to the ongoing gun-violence in Conch Shell Bay, Belize City is nineteen-year-old Keimar Nicholas. Around ten o’clock this morning, Nicholas succumbed to gunshot injuries he received back on January twenty-third. He was left paralyzed from the neck down when he was shot while hanging out on a basketball court in front of his house in Lindo’s Alley in the Conch Shell Bay area. Enfield Fitzgibbon was subsequently charged for the attempted murder of Nicholas; it is expected that that charge will upgrade to murder. Up to the time of his passing, Nicholas’ family was trying to fundraise to take him to Merida for treatment. We spoke with his friend, Shadheed Haulze about his passing.

 

Shadheed Haulze, Friend of Shooting Victim

“I was here at work and I got a call from his mother that Keimar has passed away. It is a sad, sad, sad news – his passing away.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“He passed away at what time? Was it this morning?”

 

Shadheed Haulze

Shadheed Haulze

“Yes around this morning when she went to hospital. And lee bit after she went to hospital about ten she give me a call that he passed away.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now from the last time we spoke with you he was bedridden; paralyzed; they were hoping to take him out of the country?”

 

Shadheed Haulze

“Yes. There was a lot of hope to take him out of the country, nuh.  But according to the doctors it was a fifty-fifty chance. So, we were trying to do a little fundraising to take him out of the country, nuh?”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, the family knew that there was a chance that he would probably die?”

 

Shadheed Haulze

“Not his father – didn’t expect it. But his mother was expecting he would either live or die.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now, he is a very young guy. He was killed right in front of his home – practically his yard; how does this settle with the family?”

 

Shadheed Haulze

“Yes. He was home like what his father said as we were talking last night. He was on the basketball court. And ih pay say his baby mi deh right home. Home he mi deh – dah neva like he mi deh dah the lane or through the alley. No he mi deh home and he get shot on the court.  He was a very good person. He was very active in sports like basketball. He liked to cook. The last thing me and he ate was Sere that he cook for us. He was very active, friendly, mannerly, respectable. There is nothing bad I can say about that young man; my best friend, Keimar.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“This young man, did Keimar know this young man who shot him?”

 

Shadheed Haulze

“No.  He nuh know the young man. He was on the court and I believe the young man passed him and apparently maybe fi he target weh he went for wasn’t there and he just fired shots and he ketch Keimar.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Right. I was just going to ask you – as his friend do you think he was the target? Because there were several other young men out there as well?”

 

Shadheed Haulze

“He wasn’t the target. Keimar wasn’t the target. I guess hemussie just get mad and he start shoot up and Keimar was on the court at the time and…”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Wrong place; wrong time?”

 

Shadheed Haulze

“Yeah. Keimar was home and he got shot home.”

 

Nicholas’ family is still raising fundraising and they are holding barbecue sales on Saturday and next Saturday from ten a.m to be held on the basketball court where he was shot. The family says that they need the monies to help cover Keimar’s medical expenses that he incurred during ICU hospitalization.

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