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Oct 10, 2017

Counselor Diane Finnegan says Justin didn’t have to die

This evening, youth counselor and coordinator of the Youth Apprenticeship Program Diane Finnegan weighed in on the life of Justin Hyde and his contribution to the intervention program coordinated by former officer-in-charge of Southside Belize City Chester Williams along with Finnegan and Nuri Muhammad. In support of his intention to change his lifestyle, Finnegan recalled a poignant moment when Hyde came face-to-face with a rival at one of the last intervention meetings held around the time when there was a murder in Hyde’s neighborhood.


Diane Finnegan, Youth Counselor

Diane Finnegan

“My purpose is more to highlight on who this young man is, who he was, beside the picture that would be painted, the negative picture painted on him, a talented musician, a talented artist, who had so much to offer within this country, yet it is so sad that no one has taken the time to see that part of him and do anything to enhance that part of him. He did not have to die if opportunities were available to him to manifest the greatness that was within him. When it come to the statement made that his past caught up on him, I truly don’t believe, I don’t want to believe that because of the fact that if the interventions were still running as normal, those concerns would have been addressed. Those key individual would have been brought to the table to deal with whatever concerns. Just before Chester left and there was a murder in Jane Usher and I remember when we brought these parties to the table including Justin and I remember seeing his tear, he was crying facing this young man and speaking about the relationship, they once lived together, once enjoyed together. We are all human beings which mean we are capable of putting things behind us and moving on from there. What is lacking is opportunities and resources to keep these guys busy that would allow them to become productive citizens of this country. When that is in place, then we will see the massive changes.”

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1 Response for “Counselor Diane Finnegan says Justin didn’t have to die”

  1. timber says:

    Good, then since you finally realize that, go home and start there; then go to your political party and express those same sentiments. Start by putting some of that money that you and your government are pilfering, stealing and using through corrupt means to acquire wealth. The irony about this is that you and Chester so want to be in the spotlight and the entire streets knew that some of these same thugs were created and encouraged by your political party and Chester used them to his advantage. Nothing that Chester has materially he’d never would have acquired if he were making an honest living. You are yet to talk about how the rampant crime in such a small country has affected not only the economy, but the livelihood of decent, hardworking, honest citizens. I say, whether they kill each other out or not, eradicate their assess by either start hanging again or making them disappear off the streets. For those of you who don’t know, read the history of Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala just a few years aback before the presidents they have now and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

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