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Mar 4, 2013

Sherlock shot, Arana murdered in Hattieville

Less than two hours before that murder, there was another homicide. An argument between two men escalated in an exchange of gunfire in Hattieville. Two bullets found their mark on Abel Arana who succumbed within hours of the shooting, while Sherlock Ralph Martinez remains hospitalized in critical condition after being shot to the abdomen. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Another youth from the Belize District is at the K.H.M.H. morgue following a shooting, for the second time in a week, in Hattieville. Twenty-three year old Abel Arana was socializing at the house on Camal Street when he reportedly got into an argument with Sherlock Martinez. According to police, there was an exchange of gunfire between the two men. Both were injured and rushed to medical facilities, but Arana perished at the Hattieville Health Center.

 

Christopher Noble

ASP Christopher Noble, Rural Executive Officer

“Sometime after nine p.m. we received a call with regards to somebody being injured and taken to the medic center in Hattieville. Subsequently, we learnt that another person was brought to the hospital in Belize City and was attended to and is being attending to as we speak. The one at the medic center succumbed to his injuries and we believe it is a gunshot wound. We understand that it is persons socializing that had an altercation, but we are still looking into exactly what transpired.  Our investigation at this time is still ongoing and we are looking into the possibility of it being between the persons that were injured.”

 

Arana was shot once to the abdomen and to the left side of his buttocks, while Martinez was hit to the lower abdomen.

 

Up until this morning, the crime scene was still cordoned off and investigators returned to process the scene even further. Two expended nine millimeter shells and two live rounds were recovered from the scene. Shortly after, Arana’s Father, Darrel Baptist, arrived on scene. According to Baptist, he was to take his son to the cayes to work with him.

 

Darrel Baptist, Father of Deceased

Darrel Baptist

“I mi deh outta caye and I come because of this same incident. The reason I come, because I fi mi ker my son Saturday right yah fi go work with my son outta caye with me.  My son noh thief, my son noh go and burglarize nobody. Dehn young bwai dehn noh work; all dehn do dah heng out and thief people and rob people and I stop my son from do that.”

 

Monica Bodden, Channel 7

“How do you feel right now to lose your son so senselessly to gun violence?”

 

Darrel Baptist

“That’s a good question mi friend. Hard; ih hard. God ih hard.”

 

Arana was Baptist’s only son; the grieving father got emotional today and told the media that he feels that his relatives contributed to his son’s demise.

 

Darrel Baptist

“My son fi mi go Saturday with me fi go work. My son I come fi mi ker ahn but my own sister, Elorine and fi she son, dehn hurt my pickney. God knows I can’t take it outta mi head bout mi own sister. My own sister dehn known bout it. Mi sister because dehn quite happy; dehn joyful this morning. Everybody joy, di drink and everybody happy. My son dead. Dehn say who next? pa and sister.”

 

While several statements have been recorded, no one has been detained nor has the weapon or weapons used in the shooting recovered. Duane Moody for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Sherlock shot, Arana murdered in Hattieville”

  1. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    So sad, sorry to hear that.
    We should all beware of guns, our kids should not have guns. If I KNEW my kids have guns, I…ME …MYSELF will go take him AND THE GUN to the police.

  2. Orangewalkeno says:

    “Socializing”does not mean consuming alcohol ,doing drugs and using violence.Irresponsible and unlawful behavior has to be referred to as such.Probably the term should be “getting drunk and stupid”.

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