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May 5, 2011

Cab driver murdered because of stolen car battery

There are two murders to report tonight; one in Orange Walk where three minors are expected to be charged and the other in the Old Capital this morning. In both cases, the culprits are believed to be brothers. In the City, a taxi driver originally from Hattieville, was stabbed multiple times just after seven this morning on Mahogany Street. He was rushed to the hospital with injuries on the stomach and neck but did not survive the vicious stabbing.  Those who witnessed the murder of the goodhearted taxi driver say the assailants are two brothers. The demise of thirty-one year old Errol Ferguson who is widely known as “Lighta” appears to have been over a car battery. News Five’s Jose Sanchez has the following report.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Leandro Roches

Friends of Errol Ferguson placed two crosses near the Mahogany Street Complex building, the site where he was viciously attacked and murdered by at least two knife wielding assailants. His friend says this blood soaked part of the street near Johnny’s restaurant is where he made his living as a cab driver.

Leandro Roches, Friend of Errol Ferguson

“Lighter he was my friend from way back. I knew his moms, his daddy, and his sisters. He used to be a taxi-runner and thing, I know he used to take his drinks and all that, but he used to be a good guy. He used to help my daughter. When I was taking care of my daughter, he used to like always give the baby wah lee five [dollars], he always look out, he had a good heart, you know. So I don’t think he deserved being killed like that.”

Jose Sanchez

“What happened this morning?”

Leandro Roches

“Well I was standing in front of the church—I was coming from the Chinese and when I approached the church, I watched the altercation and then I had to like move back.”

Jose Sanchez

“What happened in the altercation?”

Leandro Roches

“I saw like three or four other brothers aggressing my homeboy. With all due respect in the hood and I couldn’t do nothing. The rest of the guys they tried help, but four of the brothers them. They guys, while one di chop, one the juk. The abrasion in his head and the one in the neck and the other one in the underarm. I think in his underarm create the death.”

Lighter’s flame was smothered out because of a car battery.

Leandro Roches

“Wah lee misunderstanding between the sale of a car battery. These guys—all ah we dah hustlers—all ah we got to make a little money in the streets. This kinda complicated at the moment.”

Jose Sanchez

“He sold them a battery?”

Leandro Roches

“No they stole his battery and he end up di go through that changes with them over that and that’s what created that. The brothers are good friends of mine too same way.”

Reporter

“And nobody tried to separate them? Nobody tried to stop the altercation?”

Leandro Roches

“Nobody couldn’t because it happened suddenly.”

Jose Sanchez

“So you know who the guys are, who stabbed him?”

Leandro Roches

“Yeah, of course. All of them are brothers.”

Jose Sanchez

“And you spoke to police?”

Leandro Roches

“Yeah, the C.I.B. came to see me already and they said they will get back to me and thing. I am just stating exactly what happened.”

Jose Sanchez

“And you are speaking out because lighter was your friend?”

Leandro Roches

“Exactly, he was my nigga.”

Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

Police have detained two persons.

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21 Responses for “Cab driver murdered because of stolen car battery”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    How sick have we become as a society when the victim’s friend who is also the eyewitness explains stealing as just a way of life. I am glad he identified his “…..’s”. killers but Belizeans, most Americans do not address each other as “……” & “crackas”, why are we picking up that part of the American culture that will get us nowhere? I can only hope we can have a speedy trial & conviction but we need to pop some necks, placing these lazy suckers in prison would be a favor not punishment, put them to sleep.

  2. MADDYVANDIJKDEREALISTA says:

    “My ……”, I suppose this is just another term use by those who indulge in the hood culture to call a friend instead of saying “homie” “buddy” “dawg”.

    Your story is not complete Leandro Roches, so let’s try this again.

    Anyway, it’s like I said many times before the art of conversation or discussion has been lost in Belize. Everyone is taking part in destroying each other.
    Must be something in the air…

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    Maybe some of our leaders family members need to become victims for this Government to take action against these criminals.It doesn’t seems that they have any intention of dealing with this crime situation.If the witnesses are afraid to testify against these criminals then let’s convict them on probable cause.

  4. Justice says:

    I would ensure Leandro is protected until a trial. In Belize you know how it is!

  5. Crazy says:

    My Nigga!!!! Easy there Denzel.

  6. mylegacyb4mypeople says:

    Roches it is a good thing that you have done to speak up about what you have witnessed very honorable unlike most Belizeans that will witness and keep silent however I caution you to be careful if these guys will take a man’s life for a car battery that actually belonged to him, I am sure they will also try to take yours so in order to silent you at this point the government should really give you some witness protection. Remember, My Legacy B 4 My People.

  7. D-Power says:

    Leonardo Roches good for you to speak up…I hope I’m not going to be reading about you as a victim in a couple weeks.

    The access to american media has totally brainwashed Belizean youths, so I’m not surprised at the teminology “…….” as use by Mr Roches. Adopting the worst part of american culture is part of the cause of a lot these murders.

  8. deedee says:

    I agree with Justice & mylegacyb4mypeople, those animals or their family members will surely want to silence Leandro for speaking up about what he saw happen to his friend, so the police needs to give this man & his family for that matter protection to the fullest.

  9. B Groovy says:

    I hope the authorities recorded this witness statement on video……

  10. Revolution says:

    @Elgin Martinez, you said it right brother. Until these leaders family become victim then they will aggressively address the crime situation and wipe out these criminals from our society. I hate to say this, but I do hope one of their family becomes victim soon so that we can start to rid ourselves of soem criminals.

  11. bimebime says:

    RIP LIGHTA

  12. chabelli says:

    now the brothers karamazov they were once victims i believe but daddy and mommy need to speak with similar passion =how materialisticc we have become thasnks to home training thanks to mommy and in this casr to regjino>??????????????????????

  13. reatph says:

    ARE YOU A WHITE SLAVE MASTER??????????
    ARE YOU HISPANIC????????????????????
    ARE YOU CHINESE???
    WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU????
    GO AND GET EDUCATED BEFORE SOME BUST A CAP IN YOUR BLACK @$$ FOR CALLING OTHER BLACK PEOPLE …….

  14. Concern citizen says:

    This type of behavior is not working in america, what makes Belizeans think it will work here in Belize? Crime will never stop until the belizeans get rid of the corrupted governments. We need a new party in Belize, it seems that both the current parties are no good for the country. They say all the things you want to hear when campaining, and after they get elected, they forget everything they say and start fulling their pockets with birbery from investors, they get rich and the poor people stays poor. Crime is allowed in these countries so, that the people stay in fear for their lives, while the government do their corrupted dealings, the people are so in fear, they don’t have time to pay attention to all the corruption going on in government.

  15. Denzel says:

    he should have said teh name of the killer on camera. that way if he goes, the police can use it to prosecute lightaz killaz

  16. BZNinCALI says:

    Elgin, you are assuming these people are capable of caring, I no longer give them that much credit. Isn’t Musa & his son Henry Usher who I believe heads up the Caribbean Shores division, part of the Price family? They just lost a family member to murder, Espat lost his brother& I can go on. Someone mentioned a while back that Rodwell’s close call was not the same, he is not family. I can assure that every one of these fools have lost at least one relative to the bloodshed in Belize but their commitment to lining their pockets & dying with as much material goods as possible overrides any concern they may have had for human life years ago.

  17. mylegacyb4mypeople says:

    Very well said Concern citizen and BZNinCALI now we are really on target on why all this crime is happening in Belize some say why blame the government but the reality is that the government meaning the administration present and past is knee deep in the cause of the nonstop crime situation and anyone not able to see or recognize this is really blind or a part of the problem also, corruption, corruption, corruption that is the problem and they get in front of the public acting like they know nothing both blue and red they are having a war just like the criminals in the streets that works for them. Remember, My Legacy B 4 My People.

  18. Swamp Dragon says:

    With friends like these eh? Please, if you see the Swamp Dragon in the street being stabbed, please lend a hand! I will kindly do the same if I see anyone else being STABBED! Holy Mackerel!
    This is his N*#&# and he still no help the man. But he friends with the killers as well! What he tell the police? Probably give up nothing. Code of silence. No snitching! All US gang culture. From Rap Music to Crack Cocaine. What a culture to emulate. Guns, drugs, and murder. Really pathetic.

  19. SLY says:

    CANT BELIEVE THEY TOOK MY FAMILY LIFE OVA SOME BS MEIN,THE PRIME MINISTER REALLY NEED FI DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE STUPID @$$ KILLING IN BELIZE.ITS NOT SAFE TO WALK THE STREET OF SWEET BEAUTIFUL BELIZE ANYMORE,JUSS BECAUSE YO NOH NO WHEN U WILL BE NEXT PRIME MINISTER IF U SAY U LOVE BELIZE.TRY AND PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF BELIZE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE CRIME,WHILE U IN UR COMFORTABLE HOUSE THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE DYING AND UR LAZY @$$ AINT DOIN NOT ONE THING ABOUT IT.BUT JUSS BECAUSE ITS NOT ONE OF UR FAMILY MEMBER LAYING DOWN OUT THERE IN THE STREETS LIKE THAT SO U DONT CARE.

  20. concern person says:

    i dont understand what is happenin to this country what is the government doin for the betterment of this country instead of we are moving forward were goin back wards whats wrong do it have to drive to have an riot to proove a point not even the police are doin their jobs whats wrong with our country we need to stand up an stop these foolishness

  21. I Have Awaken says:

    concern person; you do understand, you just refuse to believe for it is so atrocious. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

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