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Aug 21, 2017

Ryan Thompson Gunned Down over Misunderstanding

Ryan Thompson

Another violent weekend across the country has ended with three murders being reported.  Two men were shot and killed in Belize City and San Pedro on Sunday, while another man was hacked to death down south.  The most recent of those killings happened on Neal’s Pen Road shortly after nine p.m., when gunshots rang out into the night.  When the echoes subsided, a young father lay mortally wounded in front of his home.  The shooting is believed to have been triggered by an altercation earlier that day.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano has the following story.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A father of two lost his life on Sunday night in a deadly shooting incident that happened in the presence of his infant children.  Twenty-four-year-old Ryan Thompson was gunned down at the steps of his home on Neal’s Pen Road sometime after nine p.m.  Fish, as he was known to many, was making his way up these stairs when his attacker pounced with lethal precision.  The spray of bullets caught Thompson flatfooted.


Edward Broaster

ACP Edward Broaster, Commander of Operations, Police Department

“He was shot to the left side of his chest on Neal’s Pen Road.  We are investigating that matter as well and I don’t believe that at this time the investigator has any motive as it relates to that incident.”


Thompson’s eldest sister, Monique Hamilton, was on her way home when she encountered the ghastly crime scene.


Monique Hamilton

Monique Hamilton, Sister of Deceased

“Everything just happened so fast, I really noh even know.  I know ih get eena wahn lee misundastanding with somebody weh thief something for ahn and dehn gaan through hard talks.  Bam bam when I di ride.  Dah from earlier eena di day when he tell me weh happen.  He gaan through hard talks wid dis bally and when I di come home I di ride and before I reach my yaad, dah my bredda I di ride [into] eena wahn pickup back.”


Inside the pan of the vehicle, Thompson was bleeding profusely.


ACP Edward Broaster

“He was shot to the left side of his chest and right leg.”


While investigators are yet to determine a motive, Thompson’s siblings believe that he was killed as a result of an altercation he had with a neighbor.  That misunderstanding, reportedly over a stolen weed-whacker, took place earlier in day.  Unbeknownst to Hamilton, her mortally injured brother was being rushed to the K.H.M.H. for emergency medical treatment.


Monique Hamilton

“I neva know ih eena di pickup back.  I know like when things woulda happen to he, he woulda run.  So when my sister, when I reach dah my yaad, my sista tell me go eena di pickup mek di man drop unu.  When I get eena di pickup and I reach by Bootsville, Pen Road, he stop di police truck.  Dah then I know my bredda eena di back ah di police truck, gunshot.  When ih turn ova, I jump outta di pickup.  When dehn turn ahn ova I sih my bredda shirt bloody up.  I dah like, “no mein, dis dah noh he!”  He noh fi, I noh fi sih dis.  Dis dah my bredda weh I love.  Dah my bredda weh always got my back noh care what, he always defend me.  I noh know how people could be so cruel and dehn know only he and ih two daughter dehn.  Only he and ih two daughter dehn live together and dehn still chance my bredda.  My niece dehn deh without wahn pa right now.”


Ryan Thompson

Both children, ages two and four years old, respectively, were living with their father.  Belize City police are tonight trying to piece together what led to the violent encounter.


Monique Hamilton

“Di police dehn got somebody hold right now because he neva unconscious or nothing.  He mi di call name dah who shot ahn.  Ih sih, ih know da who shot ahn.  Ih di tell di police dehn dah who shot ahn.  Up to when ih reach da hospital I di hold ih hand.  Ih tell me ih love me, “big sis, ah love yoh big sis.”  Ih tell police ih name, who shot ahn and dehn things deh.”


One person remains in police custody pending the outcome of a criminal investigation. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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