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Mar 2, 2017

17-Year-Old Everal Augustine Struck Down in Shooting

Everal Augustine

There have been three shootings in two weeks in the Saint Martin De Porres area in Belize City; two of them were fatal. On Wednesday night, seventeen-year-old Everal Augustine left his home and family and rode away toward Aloe Vera Street. Thirty minutes later he was dead; shot at least four times. The suspect is believed to be someone who was along with him. News Five’s Duane Moody has the following report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Around ten p.m. on Wednesday night, shots rang out on Aloe Vera Street in the Saint Martin De Porres area of Belize City. As the echoes of the blasts subsided another Belize City youth was dead, shot up to four times to the chest as he rode his bicycle towards Mahogany Street. From what we were able to gather, the gunman was someone who rode along with him and within minutes pulled out a gun and fired the deadly shots. While seventeen year old Everal Augustine was rushed to the K.H.M.H. by police, he succumbed to his injuries.

 

Voice of: Resident
“We heard like five shots, came out to see a person on the street lying in the bushes. I rushed to his help, but to no prevail. The police responded quickly and took him to the hospital.  I saw him down there gasping for breath, trying to manage to keep alive, fighting for his life. He was lying on his side.”

 

Augustine’s mother, Ruth Castillo, says that Everal left home sometime after nine p.m. on his bicycle. Less than half an hour later she heard the echoes from the gunshots and was soon after notified by a friend of her son’s demise. Castillo says she did not know Everal to have enemies and the family is taken aback by the murder of the next to the youngest of seven children.

 

Voice of: Ruth Castillo, Mother of Deceased

“I heard the gunshots and then like couple minutes after, my neighbor began calling from the end of the lane and say that he got shot and he died. But I never believe so when I get dah the hospital, I believe that he dead fi true when I saw him there.”

 

Reporter

“Are police or residents or anybody telling you what they heard or what they understand happened?”

 

Voice of: Ruth Castillo

“The police say they don’t know anything so far because it just happened.”

 

Reporter

“We always ask this question, but there’s no way as a family you can know…but do you know of any issues or problems he had with anybody for him to be murdered this way?”

 

Voice of: Ruth Castillo

“Not that I know of, not that I know of.  I don’t know of any issue that he had with anybody so maybe he had. But he noh tell me cause sometimes they don’t want you to worry, so.”

 

According to Aloe Vera Street residents, this is the third shooting in two weeks in the area, despite the ongoing community policy efforts and patrols taking place.  One resident told News Five that her children have been left traumatized by the event.

 

Voice of: Resident
“Right in front of your house, you are sound asleep and walking up to gunshots. The kids are very, very traumatized. It took me like three four hours just to calm them down and try put them back to sleep because they have school today. This street is a problem to us; I have kids, my neighbors, all of us have kids. They are always here on the streets and shooting every time, all the time. Your kids can’t even be safe in their own yard, in their own home because these young men don’t care. People use this street just to pass through and it is them who is committing the crime, doing all these nonsense.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “17-Year-Old Everal Augustine Struck Down in Shooting”

  1. The Unknown says:

    Isnt there a curfew out for minors? This kid shouldnt have been out after 9pm……

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