Robbers try to kill truck driver
And though Belize City still lost a resident to gun fire, Flower’s death will not be recorded as a murder. The streets were relatively tame over the weekend but this afternoon another resident, Marty Goff of Gill Street was gunned down. Our last check with his family revealed that he is fighting for his life. Goff is not affiliated with a gang, he was not hanging out late at night on the street and he was not at the wrong place at the wrong time. He has a regular job and worked to support his family. This afternoon thieves waited for him, robbed him, then tried to kill him. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.
Jose Sanchez, Reporting
Thirty four year old Marty Goff was shot without justification this afternoon. At one-fifteen, Goff was delivering bread to the M & Y Grocery Store at the corner of M & Y and M & M Street, located behind the complex building in Belize City. A nearby resident, who wished to remain unidentified, says crime in the neighborhood has become unbearable.
“I mi just send my two sons; my one son and ih nephew gone dah the shop and thing and when you check it out, my son and my nephew mi just come in the yard. Seconds after that, you hear wah gunshot lick off. So I tell my son; I look outside, but I noh see nothing. So I tell my son come upstairs. When I look, I still no see nothing. So I come out side now and I hear wah next gunshot. So I tell my son wah next shot lick off and get down low. And when I look peep out and I noh see nobody di run or nothing. Wah little after that yo hear somebody di halla, call the police and call the police. When I come outside, I see wah helpless man pan di street weh di do ih job, weh get up every day and know what it s to get up every day and sweat just to get something do eh job and sweat to get something on the table for your family and thing. And all of a sudden the grief off of another person weh dah noh my bredda; that hurt me fi see wah man deh pan di ground the suffer from wah injury from a senseless person weh just want money ina ih pocket fi just today—noh even know how long ih wah lost them. This government need to do something ‘bout this system yah. Yo understand wher ei di come from. You get up every day, yo di sweat, you know weh you get up and go do. next man come, they more hungry and desperate than you; take your life lightly. If that person mi know that that person mi wah shot ahn, maybe ih mi wah give up the money.”
Voice of: Area Resident
“When I look, I see the man on the ground; that hurt me inside fi see wah helpless man weh di get up and go do ih daily work and thing. After that, like nobody can’t help this man; nobody, nobody, nobody. And you feel bad because this coulda mi be your bredda and you can’t do nothing for this bally yah. Just fi wah lee bit of money my bwai; that noh make no sense outta road. And every day you need money, so every day yo wah commit a murder then? That dah weh dehn di try tell me? Every day you wah get up and rob like wah get up and rob like wah greedy? Just red-eye yourself out yah. Man yo have to wake up. I noh know when the frig dehn wah wake up you know, but sooner or later they wah have to wake up.”
In the periphery of gang violence, profilers have not yet taken into account how many murderers use “old beef” and robbery as excuses to kill. Goff’s shooting was unprovoked and unnecessary. He was taken to the hospital in the back of a police mobile unit. He now fights for his life at the Emergency Ward of the K.H.M.H. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.