Did trouble follow a murder victim from Capital to Dangriga?
A man, originally from Roaring Creek, was murdered in Dangriga on Thursday night. James Hyde was at a yard where he and a group of friends regularly convene after fishing. That location is where he was ambushed from behind by at least three armed men. He is not known as a trouble maker among Dangriga residents, but the vehicle believed to have been used in the murder, bears Belmopan license plates. That raises the question: did trouble follow Hyde from his former home? News Five’s Delahnie Bain headed south to follow Hyde’s murder trail.
A murder, with all the makings of a hit, took place in Dangriga on Thursday night. James Hyde was along with friends at the home of Michael Jackson on Oak Street, when three armed men opened fire. Hyde appears to have been the sole target and was shot several times to the head and body.
“Suddenly out ah di blue wah unidentified vehicle just haul up, stop front ah di yard. Three gunman exit and just discharge rounds inna f****** homebwai pan di ground, James Hyde check. That’s all and we mi so shook we noh even know. We noh si no face cause man ah man mi have dehn face cova down and fi avoid get shot too we just run. Everybody from di area, we just run from di scene. When we come back, bwai deh pan di scene motionless. Dah just dat check.”
Asst Supt. Julio Valdez, Officer in Charge, Dangriga Police
“On yesterday’s date, the tenth of May 2012, at about seven-twenty as a result of information received of a shooting on Oak street, police visited that area where they found one James Hyde, AKA Pecka suffering from gunshot injuries to his body. He was rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital where he succumbed to the gunshot wounds.”
“You mentioned he was shot multiple times; can you be more specific as to how many?”
Asst Supt. Julio Valdez
“We believe he was shot at least six times. He has three to his head, one to his tongue, one to his knee I think and one to his left side of his ear.”
Asst. Supt. Julio Valdez
“We have a vehicle in custody which we believe could be—we’re not certain at this time, as I said the investigation is still ongoing but we believe it could be the vehicle that we have in custody.”
Jules Vasquez, Channel 7
“As regards the vehicle, have you all looked at the origin of it? I understand it has Belmopan plates.”
“We are looking at that also. That is all being looked into.”
Voice of: Area Resident
“I can’t give no comment pan di white Mazda cause I noh si no sign weh seh Mazda or anything. I si something white; wah car. Name brand, I noh really know.”
Asst. Supt Julio Valdez
“At this time we’re unable to establish a motive but we have a lot of information coming in and we are following all of those information. Per se right now, we cannot say what was the motive but we are following all the information received in respect to this investigation.”
“Any suspects so far?”
“At this time, the matter is still under investigation. We don’t have any suspects but we have people in custody who are of interest and may assist us in the investigation at this time.”
Meanwhile, the murder and the way it was committed, was shocking for Hyde’s friends, who also work with him as fishermen.
“Di man sit down eena wah position weh di man neva ready fi dat and di man neva si who di come yoh know. So di man just tek dah lick just like dat mein. Dat mi just like, how yoh seh we neva expect dat, dat unexpected. Dat just totally—Dangriga dah wah cool place, we just chill out, relax, everybody dah culture capital, dis dah peaceful place. Dah violence noh usually deh bout like dat. Dis dah di man hang out spot, we run wah diving system. We build lobster shade, we deal wid netting, fishing. As far as I concerned—lobstering, conching—di man noh come deal wid no kinda illegal activities round we so fi we dah like wah surprise.”
Hyde’s friends, Akeem Noralez and Michael Jackson, are among the persons who have been interviewed about the murder. And while O.C. Valdez could not say, the residents don’t believe the shooters are from Dangriga. Delahnie Bain for News Five.Email This Story