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Jun 2, 2011

Murder in North Creek, Belize City

Erwin Staine

The bus crisis and the eviction of squatters that led to civil unrest at the Belcan Bridge topped the news on Wednesday. But at night, shots rang out in the North Creek area. Two men rode up, one opened fire on Erwin Staine and a friend. Unlike his friend, Staine did not stand a chance; he was shot in the chest, abdomen and foot and died shortly after at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  His family believes that the person who pulled the trigger was known to Staine. News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports on the latest murder in the Old Capital.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Shortly after ten last night, Twenty two year old Erwin Staine was just across from his house at his usual hang out spot when he was gunned down. Today, only a few dry blood stains remain as evidence of last night’s murder here in North Creek. We spoke with his older sister, who wished to appear off camera, and she told us that when she saw her brother earlier in the day he didn’t give any indication that something was awry:

Voice of Melanie Staine, Sister of the Deceased

“Erwin dah mih ah very loving, caring and funny person and he was our youngest brother.”

Andrea Polanco

“So he wasn’t the usual troublemaker or so?”

Melanie Staine

“Umm when Erwin deh home dat dah how I describe ah, when ih deh outside or with ih friends then we nuh know nothing of Erwin.”

Andrea Polanco

“So did he tell you if he had any enemies or any problems with anybody lately?”

Melanie Staine

“No actually yesterday Erwin was with us socializing and we were having fun and Erwin neva look troubled. He mih just happy he mih di fool with all ah we, run joke with my sisters, play with the kids. Erwin mih look happy nuh like nobody mih di trouble he either nothing.”

But that happy mood ended last night when he was socializing with a friend. Two men with whom he was familiar with rode up to him and later one of them pulled out a gun and shot him:

Melanie Staine

“He was socializing on the other side of the Canal with a friend and umm someone came that they had a conversation with because the person was very close to them and Erwin neva run or anything so we believe it’s someone that Erwin know.”

Andrea Polanco

“So when that person came up to them he was on a bicycle or he was walking?”

Melanie Staine

“Well, what the eye witness says, the persons, both of them were on bicycles.”

Andrea Polanco

“So it was two men?”

Melanie Staine

“Two men.”

Andrea Polanco

“So when they shot Erwin they rode off?”

Melanie Staine

“Yes and they apparently fired two shots at the young man that was with Erwin to.”

Andrea Polanco

“He didn’t…?”

Melanie Staine

“No, he wasn’t injured”

Andrea Polanco

“How many shots did Erwin receive?”

Melanie Staine

“Umm they’re saying that Erwin receive three shots I haven’t seen Erwin as yet.”

And it was the sound of those bullets that alerted his family, but when his sister ran out she found Erwin stretched out on the ground already injured:

Voice of Debbie-Lee Staine, Sister of Deceased

“I heard the gun shots, I came out but there was nothing much that I could’ve done.”

Andrea Polanco

“When you heard the gunshots, did you know that it was Erwin who was shot?”

Debbie Lee Staine

“No, but I knew that I just spoke to my brother and I left him out here so I ran to see if it was him.”

Andrea Polanco

“So when you got there what did you see?”

Debbie Lee Staine

“He was on the ground and I guess I came back and hollered for my other brothers for help.”

Andrea Polanco

“Was he able to speak to you or say anything?”

Debbie Lee Staine

“No he would not. He just looked in the direction that the two men went.”

But something certainly seemed out of place last night, because according to Staine’s sister, the neighborhood was unusually calm and  it appeared as if there was a hit out on her brother’s head, for reasons unknown to family:

Debbie Lee Staine

“The first night the area was calm, the first night in a long while. Because I usually sit on the step and run joke till like eleven twelve you know  so di first time I seh mek I guh een side.”

Andrea Polanco

“Do you think maybe it was somebody who sent those guys after your brother or so?”

Debbie Lee Staine

“It could be with news or with the message that we’re getting it wudda sound like weh you seh.”

Andrea Polanco

“Somebody wanted him dead?”

Debbie Lee Staine

“Yes ma’am, for what I don’t know because the men knew him I wouldn’t say friends but people that he’s close to.”

Andrea Polanco

“Familiar?”

Debbie Lee Staine

“Familiar faces and familiar with him.”

According to sources in the area the incident was witnessed by several residents of North Creek. Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

One person has been detained for questioning while police is looking for another.

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4 Responses for “Murder in North Creek, Belize City”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    Another unsolved murder, more witnesses afraid to speak up & I’ll ask the question that crossed everyone else’s mind. With no pictures of the deceased, does this have any connection to the murder charge that someone walked from ;last week?

  2. Candy says:

    this situation has gotten out of hand,i think it’s just fair now for people to take the law in their own hands.I’m being honest if anyone,anyone and i mean anyone kill any of my brother once i know who it is that person will !@#$%^& DIE.Not a treat a promise.

  3. Storm says:

    A fair trial, then a swift hanging. That must be the invariable law for murderers.

  4. Amelia says:

    Crime will not stop… but we want fair justice of an innocent and humble young man… Erwin was a cool boy as i known him from years behind….

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