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Mar 31, 2011

Cab driver murdered in his car

Luis Ramos

Murder victim number twenty-seven for this year, was found inside his taxi on Prince Street not far from his station at the downtown taxi stand. The gunman sought Luis Ramos’ taxi just before midnight, and pulled the trigger on the cabbie. He attempted to get away but was killed behind the wheel with a single gunshot that caught him on the neck. There are still no known motives and grieving family members say they don’t know any reason why someone wanted him dead. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Twenty year old Luis Ramos, a taxi driver was shot on the right side of his neck inside his black 1994 Toyota Camry.  According to investigations he picked up a passenger across from the Commercial Centre and was shot shortly after somewhere on Dean Street. He managed to maneuver his car around the corner on Prince Street where he crashed.  He was found slumped over on the passenger seat where he bled profusely.

Sergeant Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

“When police arrived on the scene they found Luis Ramos, taxi driver, slouched over—he was seated in the driver’s seat, slouched over—with an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to the K.H.M.H. where he was pronounced dead on arrival.”

Jose Sanchez

“Did he have any known enemies?”

Fitzroy Yearwood

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Well Jose, that’s a part of our investigation. We are trying to establish whether or not he was involved in anything or why someone would want to end his life. I mean he was a taxi driver, it could be that—right now we have a lot of incidents reported where their catching taxi cabs and when they get to certain destinations they just rob the drivers. I mean it is not right for us to speculate anything, we are just waiting and trying to establish this motive. We at the police department, our investigation have led us to believe that Mister Ramos was not shot where he was found. Secondly, if he was robbed would have to be determined after the family can say whether or not all his items that he had on him was accounted for. So we will not say that robbery is the order of the day, we are dealing with what we know. We know that someone lost his life.”

His relatives say that he was driving a cab for four years.

Teresa De Lorenzo, Grandmother of Luis Ramos

Teresa De Lorenzo

“I was sleeping that time when they come touch her door and then afterwards she neva wake up and then afterwards when she open the door, they call she telling that her grandson actually they just kill him.”

Monica Bodden, 7 News

“You guys understand what happened?”

Teresa De Lorenzo

“She did not understand how her son died and stuff.”

Jose Sanchez

“Did he have any enemies? Did anyone dislike him?”

Teresa De Lorenzo

“No. Lot of people mi know him because he neva had bad friends like weh mi wah try do ahn something.”

Roxana Guandalu Avelar

Roxana Guandalu Avelar, Cousin of Murder Victim

“They neva want the other taxi. They wanted he to make they ker ahn and then afterwards they tell ahn some street ‘round this area and then afterwards five minutes, they done tell the next taxi man they just kill a taxi man. He used to give money to ih ma and all that. When eh get money eh give ah.”

Jose Sanchez

“The family is saying that they specifically asked for him.”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Well Jose, I use to ride taxi a lot and I found drivers that I had a lot of trust in. So when I use to call for taxi, I use to ask for certain drivers and if they were not available, then I would settle for someone else. but I don’t. it’s not right us to speculate. Let’s just work on what we have and then try to establish and then even try to find the perpetrators of this crime.”

Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

The other murder in the same area occurred last year, when Aubrey Lopez, was killed. His murder also remains unresolved.

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11 Responses for “Cab driver murdered in his car”

  1. rod says:

    another unsolved murder when will the people of this country get enough useless pm and gov.uselessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss impotentttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

  2. Disgusted! says:

    My deepest condolences to the family of this latest victim. ANOTHER NORMAL DAY IN PARADISE! NEXT VICTIM FOR FRIDAY PLEEEASE!!!
    TO MY FRIENDS IN EUROPE: THIS IS WHAT BELIZE HAS TO OFFER. CANCEL ALL YOUR VACATION SCHEDULES TO MY LAWLESS GOD-FORSAKEN COUNTRY. WE WILL MEET SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!!!

  3. Truth says:

    Not a minister on the media to address how their goin to combat crime…..We need to invest more in the police department to much incompetent police officers…Most of them get tips on murders because they are rude bwai, they hear from friends in the streets…no investigation skills…

  4. belizeanfirst says:

    What an idiot of a Sergeant. You mean he will acknowlege that that is a lead and not downplay it? That it should be investigated and it will as a means to not leave any stone unturned?

  5. Byrd says:

    With all the shootings and killings happening in Bz, why would belizeans living abroad want to vacation at home? The Gov is not doing enough. It’s funny, because it seems like Belizeans have MONEY. There are so many automobiles in Bz, and gas is 10.00 gallon. But the criminals own automobiles and they have money to pay for the gas, shameful. There should be a mandate, emergency, about the seriousness to fight the violence in Bz. It seems like the Bz City already has curfew comes 6:00 pm, everything are closed. Belizean are scared to walk the streets at night. Bz City are held HOSTAGE at night, people are afraid to leave their homes. In Los Angeles if someone commit a crime, even if there are no witnesses, thery’re still ent to Jail. Bz is too far behind; when it comes to fightin crime…

  6. Earl Grey says:

    Byrd says: With all the shootings and killings happening in Bz, why would belizeans living abroad want to vacation at home?

    Byrd………YOU have a GOOD POINT, and this is going to HURT our already FRAGILE ECONOMY.

    STRANGELY……………….NO ONE who should be in charge………………………… SEEMS TO CARE.

  7. Earl Grey says:

    Disgusted!……..
    If your mother can’t cook you don’t go telling everyone………

    DO THE SAME WITH BELIZE AND THE CURRENT CRIME SITUATION.

    Why try to hurt an already ailing situation…………….or………. DON’T ADD INSULT TO INJURY.

  8. lisa says:

    for sure i have no intentions on vacationing in belize anything in the future.

  9. josh says:

    Belizeans are too lazy. They elect .idots and then expect them to work. How about putting a thief in charge of your security……everyone jumped up when we got a black prime minister…. Well…. nobody di jump now. Did the fools really expected much? And the pup is just as bad. Self interest is all they have. All of them. Just wait till we become like jamaica and haiti…. JUST WAIT.

  10. josh says:

    We need to invest in our police dept. We need motivated police officers. Arm every police officer.Certain level of education must be a must for officers.Bring back the death penalty. Allow civilians to hold criminals until the police can arrest them.. Thieves should be lashed in public.Have the prisoners do work around the country for free…. Chain gang..Radical steps have to be taken or there is no hope. Ohhh….. and leave religion out of it.God is very busy with other stuff…. help yourselves!

  11. egghead says:

    Ignorant of the government and the youths lack of education is the key here. As a Belizean, I am confused at how in a small city like Belize you can do a ride-by on a bicycle, shoot people and nobody see anthing. As a former policeman from the 70-80s, I am also ashame of the law enforcment we have in that city as well. We need some new Keith Hamilton and Charlie Good to run that department or very soon the Cartels will be in charge. My Fellow Belizeans….Rise up and take a stand…don’t sit and wait for the government to stop this armagedeon…..Overthrow everyone from top to bottom and if needs be, Most foreign Belizeans will be more than willing to lend a hand. Peace.

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