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Jun 16, 2011

Taxi man murdered in Belize City

Kevin Flowers

Gunshots rang out in the dead of the night on Central American Boulevard. A taxi driver was executed by two men who rode up on bicycles and fired at least six shots on Kevin Flowers. The bullets found their mark in his head, chest and arm. Flowers was rushed to the hospital but passed away before he could get there.  The execution style murder happened in a hotspot where a surveillance camera has been installed but is not functioning. News Five’s Isani Cayetano has a report.

Isani Cayetano, reporting

The murder of thirty-four year old Kevin Flowers, a father of three, is the latest body count of sixty-three victims who have fallen to crime and violence since the start of 2011.  The cab driver, who was stationed at the corners of Fabers Road and Central American Boulevard was executed shortly before one o’clock this morning as he worked the graveyard shift to earn a living.  His green Ford Escort remained parked at the taxi stand several hours after the shooting.  A resident of the area who responded to the scene shortly thereafter spoke with News Five this morning.

Voice of: Rodwell Tasher, Area Resident

“Well this morning I was awaken [by the sound of] gunshots ‘bout quarter to one so but I noh pay it no mind.  I jump right back into my bed and thing and thing but wah person just halla fi me and thing and thing and tell me bwai, bwai Tasher, bwai Tasher yo friend deh out ya.  When I look and I open my door da deh weh I meet my bally Kevin Flowers weh me and he da fahn way back, yo undastand.  Deh I meet di man pan di ground di try fight fi ih life.”

Viewers would recall that Flowers’ home which is situated behind Jane Usher Boulevard had collapsed in August of last year.

Kevin Flowers, Deceased (File: August 3rd, 2010)

“Friday I come in fi change up and thing and as I burst di door ih start to crack up and thing and I done know cause dah something I mi di expect. From wah couple days ago ih start to move up and thing.”

Jose Sanchez
“So weh happen Friday night?”

Kevin Flowers
“Ih just crack up and bruk up when I open di door di attempt fi go inside fi bathe and change up fi go out back go run taxi yeah.”

Jose Sanchez
“And di house, is it leaking?”

Kevin Flowers
“Yes, di roof leak.”

Jose Sanchez
“How many of you live in the house?”

Kevin Flowers

“Three ah we.”

Jose Sanchez
“So how have you been getting through the weekend?”

Kevin Flowers
“Well, dehn kinda stay out dah dehn family and I just di move up and down cause I dah kinda to myself person. I noh feel good di stay dah people. I noh ask dehn nothing but dah yah I stay, dah yah I live.”

Jose Sanchez
“Have you signed up for any the grant programs?”

Kevin Flowers
“Well, I gone try ask fi help from di area rep dehn and thing and dehn seh dehn wah come through. I sit down and weeks nobody come and I have to go out go work. Dat dah long time ago so di thing drop now and I want know if di man woulda come give me some help now.”

Flowers was said to have been standing between two parked vehicles at the stand when his assailants, both of whom rode up on him on separate bicycles, opened fire on him.

Debbie Flowers

Debbie Flowers, Sister of Deceased

“I saw one [bullet wound] on the left side of his temple which would be my left side of his temple, so that would be two in his head.  We understood that he had two in his head [and] one in the chest, one in his arm.  I’m not sure where the other one is, I think one in his back they said, but we understood that he had gotten about six or seven shots, direct close range hits.”

His friends immediately placed him in the bloodstained back seat of this cab and rushed him to the hospital but their attempt at helping him was futile.

Rodwell Tasher

“So as I come out I try put ahn eena wah vehicle and rush and da hospital.  By the time I reach da hospital di docta, when I put ahn eena di docta hand di docta done tell me dis man dead.  So at that time all I coulda mi do da just try alert di people and tell dehn that how Kevin Flowers just get shoot up ahn gahn een.  I neeven know how fi mih explain that to ih people fuss thing.”

Debbie Flowers

“I was already asleep and I got a phone call saying that Kevin had been shot and they took him to the hospital.  They needed us at the hospital and so we ran over at the hospital but when we got there he was already, he was already dead.”

Flowers’ murder is among a growing number of shootings which have occurred at the corners of Fabers Road and the boulevard, well within the periphery of this surveillance camera.  Had it been functioning, his sister says, then the police department would have an easier time solving his death.

Debbie Flowers

“We find it very ironic that, like I said, now it’s probably about the fourth or the fifth murder that had happened right at the Fabers Road/Boulevard extension where there is camera, you know.  I’m going to say today that I’m not going to ask why because we don’t see who we would direct that question to.  We don’t think that anybody is listening because it’s just an ongoing thing.  You see you watch the TV and I would say out there is like today it’s us, tomorrow, who is it tomorrow?”

Flowers’ body remains at the morgue at the KHMH pending the results of a post mortem examination.  So far police have detained four persons pending questioning. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

According to family members, Flowers was not a troublemaker and they are shocked at his murder.

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12 Responses for “Taxi man murdered in Belize City”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    We have heard about these cameras for years & I am still waiting for us to convict a criminal based on this neutral witness who cannot be intimidated.

  2. mylegacyb4mypeople says:

    Sounds just like Belize, has a surveillance camera installed for a specific purpose but the camera is not working, what then is the purpose of this camera and why did we waste money on it? Remember My Legacy B4 My People.

  3. belizeanpride says:

    i still don’t see any major control of crime after the tint bann i’m upset still for this stupid idea and more bycycle killing going on inthe city. mr. barrow you have to pay me for removing my tint i my car. I ain’t no criminal but a citizen who you have taking my tint from my car with no reason. election time will be my revenge along with all my family.

  4. hard woking Belizean says:

    The killing spree continues yet we as Belizeans sit back and just watch the ball game continue rolling. Why complain when it seems that we are quite comfortable with what is happening?

  5. Justified says:

    We are living in the end of the ages/last days. This is what the Bible have to say about these days….
    2 Tim 3:1-5 – 1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

  6. Fed up says:

    Lets hear what the Minister of Police have to say about the cameras not working. I bet they will blame the past administration. this crowd is useless, no vision..

  7. Steve (Dual Citizen) says:

    I’m planning on coming home after 5 years in the states, and I’ll have to say it’s scary. When I first moved to The Jewel in 2003 there was nothing like this level of violence. there are only three good explanations; 1) robbery, 2) drugs, & 3) kids playing gansta wanna be’s with nothing better to do than watch a man die in the streets for no reason.

    It may be time to (temporarily) suspend the constitiution, do a house to house search & round up all these guns (and gangstas), and put the whole country on notice that this level of violence will no longer be tolerated.

  8. Crazy says:

    Well these deaths are good information to the public. I say we give them all guns and have them kill each other. The survival of the fittest

  9. Elgin Martinez says:

    With this present crime situation it is in my opinion that the Red Cross Department should start training more Belizean Citizens in First Aid.With that said i believe more lives can be saved.Something as simple as applying direct pressure to a wound can save someone’s life.

  10. Elgin Martinez says:

    What about equipping some of these cabs with some form of surveillance camera?Wouldn’t this serve a better purpose than removing tints off vehicles?

  11. No Bias says:

    Hey Steve (dual citizen); the greatest failure of this administration is their lack of action after the election. Mr. Perdomo had a chance to put Belize City in a state of emergency (curfew), while the problem of crime particularly on the Southside was tackled. We need to look at the bigger picture; once the now minority Creole Belizean continue to be the victims and culprits of crimes, especially murder, we will never see solution because they simply do not care about us. What I can say however, that in life and most societies every fat foul has their Sunday, the rain shall soon fall on their house top as well.

  12. HALLAPOW says:

    DAMN! KEBO! ANOTHER MAN GONE;( ITS TIME FOR A REVOLUTION! CHANGE FROM TOP TO BOTTOM…SAVE BELIZE!

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