Who Violently Ended Lives of “Paps” and “Taka” in Hattieville?
Three persons were brutally murdered over the weekend in the Belize District. Deliverymen Albert Wade and Godwin Panting Junior were the first casualties of the weekend’s gun violence. Sometime after one p.m. on Saturday, their mutilated bodies were discovered on a dirt road off mile twelve on the George Price Highway. A pastor and his family were on a fishing outing when they made the gruesome find; nine-one-one was called immediately and the police arrived on the scene shortly after. News Five’s Duane Moody was on the scene shortly after and files this following report.
News Five arrived on the scene of the double murder on Saturday just after two p.m. A police officer stood watch at the entrance of the dirt road; half an hour later, two police pickups would drive up, before scenes of crime personnel were brought to process the bloody scene. In the background, a motorbike was visibly seen from the roadside with the face-up body of twenty-three-year-old Godwin Panting Junior. About fifteen feet away, hidden by hedges was the body of twenty-seven-year-old Albert Wade. Both had been viciously killed, shot multiple times to the various parts of the body.
Marybeth Wade, Sister of Albert Wade
“I di go crazy wondering where my breda deh and then my friend from police tell me that dehn find two body. And I drop on mi knees; I done know dah mi breda, Duane. I done know dah ‘Taka’. So I run out pan di street and I scream out. I noh know this young man weh I ask fi wah ride on ih cycle fi ker mi dah the main, pan Boulevard and then when I reach out there, no taxi. I run through rain Duane. You see me. I was the first one on the scene before the forensic and I tell them no, please tell me dah noh mi breda. And I run dah mi breda side and I kneel down beside ahn and I hold ahn ina ih dreads and I say, “Taka, get up please. Get up, I need yo. I need yo Taka.” And dehn just ker mi bredda, dehn ker mi heart. That dah mi twin, mi next half.”
Panting Junior, affectionately known as ‘Papz,’ was a deliveryman for Pepper’s Pizza; he was the only son of five children. According to his father, Papz did not spend the night at home, but he was spotted earlier on Saturday morning in the city.
Godwin Panting Sr., Father of Albert Panting Jr.
“The same Saturday morning, when I leave the bike was not in the yard every night. He keeps the motorcycle right in my yard. So when I went to work that Saturday morning, the bike wasn’t there.”
“So he had already left?”
Godwin Panting Sr.
“He noh come that night. I have no idea of what he was doing up there. That’s why I know it was a wrong move for him because he noh deliver up that side and he wasn’t working that time. He neva mi di work on that time. He mi wah work eleven o’clock.”
“And again, that’s the delivery motorcycle that he was on for Pepper’s Pizza?”
Godwin Panting Sr.
“Yes; that’s his own bike. I think I saw him one time I think I saw him come here and after that I don’t see him anymore, so I didn’t even know who the guy he was hanging out with. I would say they were friends, but I didn’t know who the guy was.”
…but there had to have been at least one other person with the two murder victims. Albert’s vehicle was found on Albert Street, twelve miles away from the murder. The family believes that he knew his killer.
“Ih say I bless, my lee bwai dehn got my back. I tell ahn Taka no friends deh. You know weh my bredda teach me? Noh trust nobody. You see my friend yah; dah my ma. Nobody else. But dah person really hurt me bwai.”
According to Marybeth Wade, she was to meet Albert on Saturday morning to go to watch the La Ruta Maya in Double Head Cabbage, but felt that something was wrong when neither of them answered their phones.
“I tell ahn that I di come meet ahn and bring money for ahn and whatever and ih say yes sis, the same young man weh dead with ahn; ih say “Paps” wah come pick yo up on the cycle. Ih say just call Paps when yo reach and then me and you gwen up and then we gwen dah La Ruta Maya. I tell ahn yeah yo straight and ih say yes mien, I straight. So I reach dah Belize dah morning and I call ahn and call the two numbers and I di call Papz and nobody answer and I di call, call, call. And I have this pain ina mi belly and I call mi ma and I tell mi ma, I done the call without knowing mi bredda dead, but I feel ih spirit. And I call mi ma di cry and I say, ma something wrong; ‘Taka’ always answer.”
Now police have not been providing information to the media and both families also say that they have not heard from the police nor has a motive been ascertained. What is known is that Panting Junior had no record or run-ins with the law and according to the Wade family, neither did “Taka.” Relatives now find themselves suffering from the ongoing gun violence.
“They people noh know how they hurt me. They take out my heart. That dah mi my handsome breda. Ih noh hurt nobody, ih noh kill nobody. Whatever he work for, ih work from scratch. My breda mi work dah Bowen; ih save ih money. Ih work dah Chon Saan, ih save ih money Duane. Ih noh rob nobody fi weh ih own, ih noh kill nobody fi weh ih own; ih work hard and ih flip ih money.”
Godwin Panting Sr.
“He does work with Pepper’s Pizza. I always see him moving around, taking his delivery out. But after that, well I cannot say if he is involved in any other thing. But I know he is a hard working person.”
Two persons were detained in the immediate aftermath, but News Five understands that they have since been released. Duane Moody for News Five.