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May 26, 2011

Cab driver’s assassination leads to more questions

Charles Anthony Anderson

Two persons were murdered on Wednesday; one in the City and the other miles away in the village of Teakettle in the west.  Firstly, when we left you on Wednesday, police were just processing the crime scene at Belama Phase 1 where the body of Charles Anthony Anderson was found. Anderson was murdered execution style in his taxi. He was shot shortly after two in the afternoon and found there hours later. Anderson spent the weekend in lockdown and was in court as recent as Tuesday for a charge of wounding. And by the following day he was dead. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Fifty-two year old Charles Anthony Anderson was assassinated while seated in the driver’s seat of his taxi after picking up two men Wednesday afternoon.  According to the police when he arrived at Guzman Crescent in Belama Phase 1, he was shot once to the back of the neck.

Sergeant Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

Fitzroy Yearwood

“We are looking for two men in connection with this. We know that when they exited his motor vehicle, they got into a gold colored SUV that drove off around Guzman Crescent. So we are looking for actually the driver of that vehicle and the two men that were in his vehicle at the time of his untimely death.”

Anderson, who regularly collected fares from Albert Street, was well liked by passengers and was also very respected by his family. His stepdaughter says the assailants took away the family’s breadwinner.

Jose Sanchez

“Do you know of anyone who disliked him?”

Shian Ireland, Stepdaughter of Charles Anderson

“No, not that I know of, no. All weh I know, weh I can say on my behalf, dah mi wah real, honest and independent man. You know, they tek way a bread winner but more bread winner because god noh give yoh more than you could bear. And I wah take off this shades and I wah make the person know who do it. They know who exactly do it. Eh da wha coward, ih chance somebody innocent, take them away from three kids plus more weh dah mi neva fi he (step kids) that he takes care of. Ih hurt me bad because there is no justice and I will not  look for no justice cause I sit down, observe and I learn and watch things. I see wah lotta crooked things happen in front of my face where I can prove, but I noh wah be one ah dehn weh wah talk and say nothing. You know why? I rather just like how they took his life; they do the same with me. You noh do no wrong.  You don’t have to look for problem, problem find you now.

Dawn Anderson, Wife of Charles Anderson

“It begin with love. That’s all I could remember: love, love, love. He teach me everything. He did a great, great, great job fi me weh make I just can’t hate the way I would want to hate. I just have to got my mind on focus about going ahead. Forget and throw that behind. Get up and work and stand up just like how he stand up for we and jam fi my children dehn so that they don’t go the wrong route. Dah wah lot of corruption and I can’t blame nobody. I have to focus on my crowd and continue the teaching weh he left with me. I will love him to ashes.”

Shian Ireland

“Ih burn me, ih hurt me and all weh I could tell he; if I had a gun at the same time that he hurt my stepfather that do nobody no wrong. I mi wah take it ina my hand and kill ah myself because it burn me—left behind. There is no justice because too much corruption and crookedness ina everything, ina the higher society and people know and the Belizean society and people know and Belizean people sit down and this dah weh they wah halla [gibberish] and goh and talk bout people before they see weh di happen to their home and their society—weh ih di come to. They punish this man before ih died. Ih get double punishment, but jah deh with ah.”

According to other taxi drivers, over the past weekend, Anderson was involved in an altercation with a person who was harassing a close family member. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

Tragedy struck the Anderson home in 2003, when Jermaine Ireland, Dawn Anderson’s son was stabbed and killed inside the Lion King Nightclub in Belize City.

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9 Responses for “Cab driver’s assassination leads to more questions”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    Whether or not the police are corrupt or inept, we, as a people have to value ourselves & each other enough to resolve disputes through verbal communication. We keep pointing to the south side of Belize City as the problem & they are a part of the problem but have gunshots become so commonplace that it is now just background noise, even in Belama.

  2. Rod says:

    This is what is going to keep happening as long

  3. show me results says:

    Rest in Peace Mr. Anderson. I knew you from I was a child growing up , now I am a grown woman with a child of my own. I know you to be a good and hardworking man. May God’s hand bring justice for you and ur family…My condlences Ms. Dawn.

  4. belama resident says:

    where was the BELAMA POLICE.?? where is Min Singh??classic UDP style in his bulletproof mercedes benz SUV with 2 police bodyguards..

  5. Storm says:

    Swift execution for all convicted murderers. It’s the only solution.

  6. Chance says:

    The taxis of Belize need to implement policies to safeguard themselves against these crimes. One immediate measure that would work well for them is to limit the carrying of more than one male person. Place a barrier between the front and rear seat and accept payment through a window. Don’t pick up more than 3 persons at a time….etc.

  7. assassin says:

    his wife and a lady had beef. so he choked the lady. spent the weekend locked up in jail. but the lady’s husband is connected to george street. so why else would a gold SUV pick up the men in that part of belama after they murdered him…. so 2 in taxi, plus one in suv, plus one to send them to do the hit, plus the husband to ask for the hit.

  8. Drama says:

    Hmm, maybe the Taxi Association is involved in the drug smuggling ring there gotta be way much more to this story c’mon now we belizeans know that there are a lot of taxi drivers transporting large amounts of illegal drugs in and around the country for the cartels but we are unable to prove it and the community just keeps their mouth shut about this type of activity going on around them…nuff said

  9. Inglebert says:

    every thing has a root and that is what we dont know nuff said

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