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Jan 8, 2018

Detentions, But No Arrests in Recent Murders

Leon Garcia

Today, Leon Garcia was laid to rest in Belize City; he was the first murder victim for 2018. Heavy police presence was noted in the Saint Joseph Church area where funeral services were held.  Garcia was savagely stabbed during an ambush by at least thirty persons, believed to be gang members. His brutal murder has triggered a resurgence of violence in the Old Capital, leading to the murder of Jermain Vellos as well as the shooting of Charles Foreman on north side, Belize City.  Police gave an update today on those investigations, in which several persons have been detained.


Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City Police

“For the Jermain Vellos and Mister Charles Foreman, one person is in custody; he is being questioned at this moment. Reference the murder of Mister Leon Garcia, we know that we had several persons detained over the weekend; however, we had to release them after the investigation.”


Aaron Humes

“And Smith, nothing there?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“With Frederick Smith, we are still looking for another suspect that can assist us in that investigation. We have dealt with one of them so far we are looking for another one.”

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