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Jul 10, 2017

Julian Tun Shot Dead the Day He Visited Ambergris Caye

Julian Tun

Crime in the prime tourism destination has spiked; three murders were recorded in three days. Even as police continue investigating the death of Faye Lin Cannon, on Saturday night, a minor was shot and killed on Sea Grapes Drive. Sixteen-year-old Julian Tun arrived on the island on the same day death came knocking at his door. The motive for his murder is not ascertained, but Tun was the prime suspect in last year’s shooting in front of the Queen Street police station. Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Around eleven p.m. on Saturday, shots rang out on the south side of San Pedro Town. Police responded to Sea Grape Drive to find the lifeless body of a young man on the street in front of Banana Beach Resort.  The shooting victim had been shot multiple times: to the left cheek, the top of the head and the abdomen, and his identity was unknown. That’s because he was a resident of Hope Creek, Stann Creek, who had arrived on the island that same day. Today, police confirm him to be sixteen-year-old Julian Tun, who also has a Tibruce Street, Belize City address.

 

Supt. Henry Jemmott, Regional Commander, Coastal Executive Unit

“He was positively identified by a family member in Belize City after he was transported to Belize City. He was identified as Julian Tun. He was visiting. He has on his record a Tibruce Street address and also a Hope Creek address in Stann Creek District.”

 

Reporter

“Are you about to say when he got on the island? How long ago?”

 

Henry Jemmott

Supt. Henry Jemmott

“I think it was early in the morning, sometime in the morning that same day.”

 

Reporter

“Had he been here before? Any records to show that?”

 

Supt. Henry Jemmott

“No records to show that. At this time, we are recording statements from persons who accompanied him to the island.”

 

The alleged gunman was spotted by several persons fleeing the scene just after the echoes of five blasts reverberated in the distance. He was seen running towards the beach clothed in a white t-shirt and blue pants, while Tun laid gasping for his last breath on the brick pavement. So, did Tun know his killer?

 

Supt. Henry Jemmott

“Initial investigation into the matter is that this said male person went at that location to meet someone after which he was removed from the compound and then later returned. And then he encountered two male persons and that is when we think that the fatal incident occurred; that he was shot.”

 

Just over a year ago in June 2016, there was a brazen shootout in front of the Queen Street Police Station, in which four persons were wounded, including a Corporal Alrick Arnold, Elroy Saldano, Graciela Castillo and Kean Smith, who were shot to various parts of the body. Two officers within the compound immediately pursued the gunman, who was apprehended near the Swing Bridge. The gunman was later identified as Tun, who was then a fifteen-year-old minor.

 

Hilberto Romero

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Head of CIB, Belize Police [File: June 17th, 2016]

“He was detained and a search conducted on him which police found one nine millimeter pistol with eight live rounds and he was taken into custody. He is a fifteen year old minor.”

 

But is his murder in retaliation of the incident one year ago? Police are currently looking for two persons in connection with this latest homicide on the island.

 

Supt. Henry Jemmott

“That is the allegation that we encountered as well and we are also furthering our investigation to see if that is the issue.”

 

Reporter

“Any other leads as to a motive?”

 

Supt. Henry Jemmott

“No, that is the only lead that we have; the most concrete lead that we have and we are engaging in investigation geared on finding the persons who have committed this last incident.”

 

Nine persons are currently detained for questioning. Duane Moody for News Five.

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