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Oct 11, 2018

Gang War Intensifies as Another Gang Member Gunned Down in OW

Jose “Duffy” Medina

Orange Police and the Orange Walk community are grappling with an escalating, internal gang war.  Another Back-A-Town Gang associate was gunned down in broad daylight this morning.  Twenty-one-year-old Jose “Duffy” Medina was fatally was executed as he rode his bicycle just a few feet away from the house he was renting off Mahogany Street. A bullet also caught his girlfriend who, after hearing the gunshots, ran to help Medina. She survived and is in a critical condition at the Northern Regional Hospital.  This latest murder has shocked the Orange Walk Community and has left investigators to battle what many believe is an uncontrollable gang war.  News Five Hipolito Novelo has been following the gang war and has the story.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Shot dead, twenty-one-year-old Back-A-Town Crips gang member Jose “Duffy” Medina laid motionless off an alley on Mahogany Street in Orange Walk Town. Neighbours say they heard at least seven shots. The broad daylight, brazen murder happened at around eleven o’clock in the morning. Sources tell News Five that Medina was ambushed. He was on his bicycle heading to a house he was renting for about three weeks; a “stash” house-away from those who were gunning for him. As he entered the alley leading to the house, the gunman alighted a vehicle which sped off. Reports are that Medina was shot to the head and died on the spot. His girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Lucia Luna was also shot. We are told that after hearing the shots, she ran out of the house and was shot to the abdomen. She was taken to the Northern regional Hospital where she underwent surgery and is in a critical condition. Luna reportedly saw who the gunman was. After carrying out the crime, the gunman escaped on foot through alleys and back into the car, leaving Medina on the ground for shocked neighbours to see.

This latest murder is said to be linked to previous fatal shootings and is said to be gang-related, specifically to the worsening internal gang war between members of the Back-A-Town Crips Gang. This gang war is believed to have been sparked by the murder of twenty-one-year-old Albert Vargas who was killed on July tenth while he was in a parked car along the Belize/Corozal Road near Landy’s and Sons. Inside the car with him was Medina. Twenty-four-year-old Belize City resident, Nisani Daniel Garcia, was charged for Vargas’ murder. Fast forward forty days after, death came for Back-A-Town Crips Gang boss, Junior Triminio, on August Twentieth. Triminio and nineteen year old Christopher Calderon where exiting the Louisiana football field and heading to Zericote Street when they are killed. No has been charged for that double homicide. An investigation has revealed that the car used for the double murder was a Belize City rental- reportedly rented by a female associated with one of the gang members.

Lucia Luna

Then there was the fatal shooting of twenty-five-year-old Samuel Castro who was shot early on Sunday morning on September thirtieth while he was on Muffles Street when two men on motorcycles blasted bullets in his direction. His murder is believed to be a case of mistaken identity as the shooter, we understand, was after a Back-A-Town gang Affiliate known as “Pebbles”. Five minutes after, twenty-three-year-old Justin Diaz was shot and fortunately for him, he survived. He was at the corner of Sapodilla and Zericote Streets when one of two men on motorcycles opened fire. Police are looking for twenty-eight-year-old Orange Walk resident Juan “Canikas” Quintero- also a Back-a-town gang member. Our information is that Quintero has crossed the border into Mexico. This leads us to what happened today, the murder of yet another Back-A-Town gang member as the gang war worsens.

Junior Triminio, Albert Vargas and Jose Medina have been associates for years. In January 2017, the trio was arrested and charged for drug trafficking after a high-speed chase led Orange Walk police to more than four thousand grams of marijuana inside the car. Tonight Orange Walk police are left battling to halt what seems to be an uncontrollable, internal gang war and the Orange Walk residents are asking, is Sugar City returning to its Rambo Town days? Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

 

All of the murders related to the gang war have been committed in the general vicinity.

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