Accused in High Profile Crimes; Ricky Valencia Murdered
Ricky Valencia, the notorious street figure accused in the Heritage Bank robbery and the attempted murder of attorney Rowell Williams, was killed on Wednesday night and there is now trepidation that retaliation may follow. Two weeks ago, he was in court for Williams’ attempted murder; but the case was adjourned since he was unable to get legal representation. It is believed that Valencia was baited to his murder as he drove his vehicle on Caesar Ridge Road. Three bullets hit him on the upper body and he died on the passenger side of his car. His family says his murder is not entirely surprising; there were constant threats to his life. There is plenty speculation over the motive for his killing but the most plausible seems to be linked to the proceeds of the Heritage Bank robbery. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.
Allen Valencia, Brother of Deceased
“Ih mi expected, you know, dat da di way I sih it. Ih mi expected. Da neva nothing surprising then. Di whole family mi aware that something mi about to occur, you know, so da noh nothing surprising to be honest.”
By all accounts twenty-eight year old Ricky Valencia had been living on borrowed time. The reputed member of SSG gained notoriety, both in the media as well as in the streets of south side Belize City, following the attempted murder of attorney Rodwell Williams, the prime minister’s law partner, on June 1st, 2010.
Along with eighteen year old Akeem Thurton, he had been fingered as one of two assassins hired to execute Williams.
On Wednesday night he met his fate whilst seated in the passenger side of this vehicle.
Raphael Martinez, PR, Ministry of Police
“Last night just after nine o’clock police visited the Queen Charlotte Street area where they saw a white, four door Toyota Corolla car parked on the left hand side of the road heading towards the Belize port. Upon looking inside they saw the apparent lifeless body of Ricky Valencia, twenty-eight years old, of a Belize City address.”
That address has since been confirmed as Caesar Ridge Road. Valencia was dispensed with less than a stone’s throw away from home. One of several rounds fired at him shattered the Corolla’s windshield.
His bullet riddled body left slumped inside the vehicle which remained parked adjacent to Cumberbatch Field.
“I figa dat di conspiracy big, dat da weh I figa, big conspiracy but everything da fi di Fada noh.”
Ricky’s sibling, Allen Valencia, believes that he may have been lured to his death. The vicinity, as well as the manner in which he was dispatched, indicates that he may have stopped to converse with or pick up someone when he was assaulted.
“He was hit three times, his left temple, shoulder and arm.”
“My understanding is that there were several other occupants in the vehicle along with him, who are currently hospitalized as a result of this incident. Can you speak to that?”
“Well at this time police have actually interviewed quite a few people and we have gotten absolutely no lead in relation to the shooting incident but I’m sure that they will actually look in to that and see if there is any relation.”
Valencia, having faced a slew of charges ranging from attempted murder to armed robbery, was the first defendant to appear before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin in a trial by judge alone. That case was adjourned for a second time on February eighth when his co-conspirator in the near fatal shooting of Rodwell Williams failed to secure legal representation.
“My understanding is that he just mi di wait fi di case call, you know, but I noh really wahn lament pan di case to much, you know, cause I noh wahn pinpoint or point finga pan nobody.”
Had he been found guilty for the crime of attempted murder, Valencia would have faced a minimum of eighteen years in prison. On April fifth last year Ricky, his brother Harold Valencia, former beauty queen Samantha Carlos, as well as Noel Usher, were jointly charged with conspiracy to commit robbery following a daring heist at Heritage Bank in Orange Walk Town.
Several months later, on October nineteenth, Valencia’s accomplice, Noel Usher, was ruthlessly terminated on neighboring Queen Charlotte Street. It was widely speculated that Usher was expunged as a result of infighting over robbery proceeds. Conversely, residents and acquaintances of both men theorized that Usher was killed because he accepted a plea-bargain for which he was scheduled to testify against Valencia.
“All weh I could say di man da mi wah cool person. Di man straight, di man level, at least to me, you know.”
Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.
Valencia was in and out of court for numerous offences. He was granted bail on the charge of Attempted Murder in July 2011, but that was revoked when he was arrested for Handling Stolen Goods in October. Valencia, however, was back on the streets when the victim withdrew the charge against him on January twenty-fourth. He was scheduled to reappear in court along with Akeem Thurton on February twenty-seventh for the Attempted Murder of Rodwell Williams.Email This Story