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Aug 11, 2017

Wrong Place, Wrong Time for Christian Velasquez

Christian Velasquez

There have been four murders in south side Belize City alone since the beginning of August, but unfortunately, no one has been charged for any of the crimes. The most recent homicide; that of twenty-three-year-old mechanic, Christian Velasquez, is the only of the four that has seen two persons taken into custody for questioning and police have seized the alleged car used to carry out the drive-by murder on Wednesday night. Velasquez was on Antelope Street along with a group of persons when a vehicle drove up and someone inside opened fire at them with a nine millimeter gun. As the men scattered in fear of their lives, Velasquez was the only person hit to the chest and he died on the spot. But it doesn’t appear that he was the intended target and police investigations continue. Deputy Regional Commander Superintendent Daniel Arzu and his mother Carmita Tasher provide an update to the story.

 

Carmita Magdalene Tasher

Carmita Magdalene Tasher, Mother of Murder Victim

“From dehn shot ahn, straight dah ih heart ih get the first shot and the doctor say ih get one ina ih stomach. When yo get wah shot dah yo heart and yo run and yo drop, what yo could do from there?”

 

Daniel Arzu

Supt. Daniel Arzu, Deputy Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“Our investigation suggests that Mister Velasquez was not the intended target; he was just merely at the wrong place at the wrong time and that is how he met his death regrettably.”

 

Carmita Magdalene Tasher

“He was a mannerly man; ih always di do work. Ih work with ih pa dah 42 Neal Penn Road; ih do mechanic, ih put parts ina vehicle…ih do all kinds of jobs, but ih never boast ihself as proud.”

 

By Thursday afternoon, two men in a Ford Explorer SUV were also targeted by a gunman in the same area. Thirty-four-year-old Ryne Arnold was shot to the neck, while twenty-seven-year-old Marvin Ramirez was hit to the forearm. Both men are in stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. It is not known if there is any connection between the shooting and murder incidents. 

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