Who Wanted Rafael Guerra Dead?
There was murder in the City on Monday night, within days of the Easter holidays. Thirty-nine-year-old Rafael Mario Guerra, a Salvadoran national was walking on Holy Emmanuel Street when he was executed at about seven-thirty. The construction worker left home after receiving a text, but did not make it far when his life was snuffed out. At least seven bullets hit him causing his immediate death. Family members are stunned at the murder of their loved one. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.
Duane Moody, Reporting
Just after seven-thirty on Monday night shots rang out in the Gungulung area of south side Belize City. As the echo of the blasts subsided, a man laid dead on the dirt road, just a few yards from his house. Thirty-nine-year-old Rafael Mario Guerra, a Salvadoran construction worker of Holy Emmanuel Street, was gunned down seconds after he left his house. The shooting occurred while residents, including children were still up. But that did not deter two gunmen who, according to police, got out of a white ‘dolla’ van and open fire on the unsuspecting Guerra.
“All ah we mi ina fi we yard and we heard bam, bam, bam bam, bam. So I tell my ma that sound close; that sound like on the bridge and as I come out I see the young man lay out pan the ground. So I tell my ma that look like one of fi we neighbour and by the time I goen deh soh, dah he; lay out on the ground.”
Residents recall hearing up to ten shots, but at least seven made their mark on Guerra to the back and head. Was the humble construction worker lured to his death? News Five understands that just a day earlier; his roommate was evicted from the house. But a text to his phone would show that same friend asking to borrow a bicycle pump. Guerra was murdered while approaching the Holy Emmanuel Bridge with the pump in his hand. According to Guerra’s niece, she was stupefied by the news that her uncle had been killed.
“I mi ina shock and I ask he what? Why? Who? Where? When? I just start ask question and he said Mario and I just start cry. I neva even mi want come. I just grab anything and when I reach, he was still on the ground. I couldn’t believe it. Up to now I am still in shock. One neighbor told me that he was with my uncle, but he ran so nothing happened to him. When the shooting happened. One of the neighbors say that the dude, the short dude was with him but he ran so nothing happened to him.”
“Is it possible that that person was the intended target and not your uncle? That he just was at the wrong place at the wrong time?”
Voice of: Jessica Acosta
Voice of: Jessica Acosta
“My uncle dah neva wah troublesome persons; he neva had enemies. He never drink, he noh smoke. Noh go nowhere, only dah ih girlfriend.”
Voice of: Resident
“To me, he noh fool with people. He wah hail yo dah morning, goodnight or so and he go inside. From fi he work to home from home to buy dah shop and go back inside. I noh see he as no trouble person.”
Residents have been left traumatized by the murder because gun violence is not a norm within the area.
“No, it noh normally happen around yah so then, but it happen out soh more. But we frighten last night cause we hear it right dah back yah soh, ina fi we neighborhood. So we had to run inside because we mi think that it mi wah come to we too.”
Duane Moody for News Five.