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Dec 12, 2011

Death waited for man headed to a party

George Rochester Jr.

A Belize City fisherman who is the father of five children will not be with his family for Christmas this year. George Rochester was gunned down on Saturday night in Ladyville as he was making his way to a party. He was shot multiple times by an unknown gunman. At least one man was seen fleeing shortly after the shots were blasted. Police haven’t been able to determine a motive but his wallet was located at the scene. News Five’s Andrea Polanco has the following report on the latest murder.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Around nine-forty five on Saturday night, thirty seven year old George Kareem Rochester, had just gotten off a bus and was walking here on Quilter Avenue in Ladyville Village when he was violently targeted. These sprinkles of bloodstains are all that remain after he was shot at least four times:

Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

“This is not too far from a new establishment where they saw the lifeless body of George Rochester, thirty-seven years, with four apparent gunshot wounds, one to the face, both legs and somewhere in the chest area. Our initial investigations reveal that Rochester exited a bus and walked through Quilter Street where his assailant opened fire on him. The person was seen fleeing the area.”

According to George Rochester Senior, that same night he said his good-byes to his son, as he was heading back to the U.S the following day. But less than two hours later, he got the news that his son was murdered while on the way to a party:

George Rochester Sr.

George Rochester Sr., Father of the deceased

“He’s been living back in Belize for a few years and he started doing some fishing and trying to do a livelihood in that sense. I came back ten days ago for vacation and I visited with him and family members and friends and so on and so forth. Saturday night he came by where I was and we said our good-byes, meaning that I was supposed to board the next flight on Sunday back to Los Angeles and he told me he was gonna go to a party in Ladyville and about an hour and a half later I heard that he was shot and that he passed away.”

Andrea Polanco

“Did he give you anymore information about the party where he was going? Was it with relatives? With friends?”

George Rochester Sr.

“Yeah, it was with a relative up in Ladyville, I don’t want to disclose names or anything, but he said he was going up to Ladyville for a party up there and before you know it, he was dead.”

Rochester Sr. says that his son was a fisherman and to his knowledge, he was not engaged in conflict.

George Rochester Sr.

“As far as I know he tried to steer clear from a lot of the problems that do exist and he did his fishing and so on and so forth and he never indicated to me that there could be a problem or something of that nature. He’s got three kids in Los Angeles, and he’s got two kids here in Orange Walk in Belize, and so yeah, he leaves behind five kids, and I would like the killer to know that.”

Fitzroy Yearwood

While close friends and relatives of Rochester say that his bag and cell phone were never found, police discovered his wallet. At this time no motive has been established:

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“So far we haven’t established any motive but we are following several leads and hope to identify the assailants soon.”

Living abroad, Rochester says the violence in Belize has hit home for him:

George Rochester Sr.

“I would just like to say that he is a beloved son and it is just painful to see what somebody could do and all the violence that has been happening, and all this must come to an end. It’s gotta stop because it is giving Belize a really bad name. People wanna come vacation, people wanna come do stuff here and enjoy our beaches and our cayes and so on but you know. When I am abroad, I always lift up Belize’s name and now this, but you know it is still my home country and I will always love Belize, period.”

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

According to reports, two persons were being questioned in connection with this incident.

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18 Responses for “Death waited for man headed to a party”

  1. Storm says:

    If the police can solve this one, and if the DPP can win a murder trial, then HANG THE MURDERER.

  2. Earl Grey says:

    WASTED TALENT……how sad!!!

  3. Rod says:

    If you want the murder rate to continue vote udp they promote murder maybe your family member will be next remember if you want more murder vote udp.

  4. CEO says:

    Rod your comment is very short sighted and your memory is very short. I am no UDP or PUP but give the devil his due! This crap started or got worse from the last government came to power and got worse under their administration. This current govbernment I must admit could have and should have done more to curb the problem. It is hard change because most of the cops who are the ones that should uphold the law are on the take and really do not care about their country.

    We still appoint people of influence by how they vote and not by what they know so it does not matter which political party gets ellected. The problem will resolve when we get leaders who are willing to do the right thing and when police officers start enforcing the law.

    When you see government officials living well above their payscale and nothing is done about it…

  5. bzn2dabone says:

    I had a situation with this guy once, in which he was not adhering to a regulation and so he cursed me because I was not able to serve him with his request. We need to know the real person before we conclude anything.

  6. JESSEJAMES says:

    @ ROD…U R AM IGNORANT A-HOLE..ITS’S NOT THE U.D.P THAT IS DOING THE KILLING U IDIOT..IT’S OUR YOUTHS THAT HAD NO KIND OF HOME DISCIPLINE GROWING UP. OUR YOUTHS ARE BEEN BROUGHT UP LIKE A PACK OF WILD DOGS. THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR LIFE. SO THINK TWICE B4 U WRITE BULLCROP ON THIS BLOG. IF YOU VOTE P.U.P U JUST D CHANGE MONKEY FI BLACK DOG SO WHATS D DIFFERNCE. ATLEAST U.D.P NO THIEF LIKE P.U.P.

  7. Ann Rivero says:

    REST IN PEACE “KP” ONE LOVE ……….las vegas

  8. deedee says:

    Guys please don’t get worked up or bent out of shape by Rod & his comments. This is what he/she does, it appears that whenever this individual place post on this site all they do is write how bad & terrible the current government is & overlook what the past administration has done. IGNORANCE AT ITS HIGHEST. SEASON GREETINGS!!!

  9. WESTERNMERMAID says:

    PEOPLE LISTEN ROD IS JUST A BRAIN DEAD RAT OK.
    RETARTED

  10. OW says:

    @Rod, you are not that wrong actually. @ CEO and JESSEJ…Please be reminded of who promised us a safer Belize within the first 100 days of office, it is this same Incompitent Gov’t, who negotiates with these criminals and pays them off to live better, so that their corruption is not exposed. Im not taking sides, but the UDP is our Gov’t in power, and they are the ones we should question, they are the ones who need to provide solutions and answers…having said that i just gotta sayR.I.P. KP…my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  11. Positive says:

    Good Explanation Jesse.

  12. JESSEJAMES says:

    @OW WE CANT KEEP BLAMING THE GOVERNMENT..HOW ABOUT BLAMING OURSELVES THE PARENTS FOR NOT DOING A GOOD JOB IN RAISING OUR YOUTHS THE PROPER WAY…AND THAT IS…GOD FEARING WAY..HOW ABOUT THAT. A GOVERNEMNT CAN PROMISE US THE STARS BUT U HAVE TO REMEMBER AND ASK YOURSELF…WHERE DOES DISCIPLINE STARTS? IT STARTS AT HOME RIGHT OW!!!!!!.

    THE BIBLE SAYS IN PROVERBS 22:6 TRAIN UP A CHILD IIN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO, AND WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT. “IT’S IN THE BIBLE…IN OTHER WORDS IF U TRAIN UR CHILD TO B VIOLENT WHAT U EXPECT HE WILL DO IN SOCIETY.. I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TELL THE ROCHESTER FAMILY THAT MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME OF YOUR LOSS. R.I.P GEORGE ROCHESTER

  13. King Pin Jr. says:

    I miss and love you dad, people are so cruel these days,
    So set in there ways, justice will be served, if not by law then by karma.
    They took my dad, thank god I have my mama.
    A million words won’t bring you back I know because I’ve tried, neither will a million tears I know because I’ve cried.. one love pops rest in paradise King Pin Sr.- Kareem Rochester Jr, your eldest.

  14. Old Buddy says:

    RIP George we hadn’t spoken since we were 11yrs old we were schoolmates buddies with the almost same name but time and matters separated us but we still maintained our game. Bad bwai they say when we would pass by but yet our hearts melted when we heard our mothers cry. Now we are separated but it’s all for just a while…..Jah over all homie

  15. luvlyln says:

    KP!!…my mind often wonders how you were doing and when I’d ask, I was told you was doing fine and that you became a fisherman. I was pleased, because I can remember some of our past conversations and you telling me you wanted to major in marine biology. I’ve always held you in high regards, your humble hello’s and your soft smile, always positive. Things happens in our lives sometimes that hides our true being….and the way you died was not what I saw…so old friend rest in peace…I know GOD has you in his KINGDOM! My heartfelt sympathy to your family and children. Sha from LA ~”KING BLOCK” 1~love

  16. Home Gial says:

    I just saw you about six months ago when i was in Belize. You use to call me Home Gial, i don’t care what you did on the streets this should have never happened to you the people who REALY knew you know that you were loyal and kind hearted you had good plans and dreams. That is the KP I know and Loved. REST in peace my Brother from an other mother. Home Gial from OrangeWalk.

  17. Home Gial says:

    I just saw you about six months ago when i was in Belize. You use to call me Home Gial, i don’t care what you did on the streets this should have never happened to you the people who REALY knew you know that you were loyal and kind hearted you had good plans and dreams. That is the KP I know and Loved. REST in peace my Brother from an other mother. Home Gial from OrangeWalk..

  18. Lil princess Merns says:

    Daddy I cant believe ur gone. I never got to see u for the every last time…I never even got fi say goodbyee..but my love for u will never die…Rip Pops..love always Myrna Rochester ones luv; -(

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