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Mar 6, 2013

Why was Frankie killed?

Frank Neal

Just before the start of our newscast on Tuesday, a stevedore was gunned down as he was taking his daily ride to buy Johnny cakes in the area behind Extra House. Thirty-six year old Frank Neal was killed by a man who rode up on bicycle and fired the fatal shots. It happened at the junction of Cairo and Glenn Streets and there is reason to suspect it may be gang related. News Five’s Isani Cayetano revisits the City’s latest murder.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The murder of thirty-six year old Frank Neal, as he stood conversing with two friends, near the corners of Cairo and Glenn Streets, is the latest gang-related homicide in Belize City.  By all accounts Frankie, as he was affectionately known, was not involved in gang activity; however, it is strongly believed that he was sacrificed at the expense of his peers, who are being coerced into recruitment.  His mother, who spoke off-camera, recounted the news of his death.


Voice of: Mother of Deceased

“One ah mi son call mi and tell mi dehn just shot Frankie, cause we call ahn Frankie, ih name Frank, and ih tell mi.  So I ask ahn if ih dead, but same time di phone gone off.  Then one ah mi granddaughter call mi back and tell mi seh, “Ma, Frankie dead!” And I ask dehn weh happen.”


The stevedore, an employee of Port of Belize Ltd., had just returned to the area from presumably withdrawing his salary from the bank.  He came back to pick up an order of pastries.


Jamelia Neal

Jamelia Neal, Cousin of Deceased

“Everyday he go dah work and this evening [he mi fu go on pan ih shift], everyday before he go dah work [ih cohn buy ih Johnny cake].  Whosoever shot ahn know that ih ride right ya soh fu cohn buy ih Johnny cake everyday.  Everyday my uncle pass yahsoh fu go buy Johnny cake and da dis evening when he di cohn fi go buy Johnny cake dehn shot he ahn tek ih bicycle.”


Neal had been shot once to his head and left for dead in an adjacent drain.  The freshly scrawled memorial on this concrete wall is where he fell.


Isani Cayetano

“At the scene of the incident there were people in the area who were saying that it may have been a robbery, seeing as though his bicycle was nowhere around.  Do you know, at this point, if this was the case?”


Voice of: Mother of Deceased

“I don’t know if it’s a robbery but dehn seh di young man tek di bicycle and ride pan di same bicycle weh do di shooting.”


According to a resident of the area, affiliates of neighboring Taylor’s Alley have been conducting a fierce recruitment campaign and the refusal of the two men Neal was speaking with may have led to the shooting.


Isani Cayetano

“Can you tell me if Frankie was a regular in that area?  I know he lives quite a distance away from there but was he someone who was always through Glenn and Cairo Streets, either picking up Johnny cakes or [had he] known anybody in that area?”


Voice of: Mother of Deceased

“Dehn seh ih always go buy Johnny cake by deh and ih have wah young man sometime ih go visit through deh but he noh eena no gang or so.  Di young man no eena [no either], he just talk to di young man.”


At the scene of the shooting, an emotional relative took the authorities to task for what she considers their lack of effort in curbing the existing crime situation.


Jamelia Neal

“Dehn police cyant solve crime, nothing.  Everyday three, four, five people di dead and dehn noh di do nothing.  Maybe if somebody shot Dean Barrow bredda or somebody close to ahn.  Sih how when dehn mi shot da lawya how he mih gaan on, how he put dis city pan lock and he noh know how everyday people di go through.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.


Two persons have been detained for questioning.

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7 Responses for “Why was Frankie killed?”

  1. Storm says:

    Taylor’s Alley can and must be crushed, put GSU and BDF there until the gangsters squeal like the pigs they are.

    If our security forces know there is a “fierce recruiting” drive, they must combat it like warriors, not sit back and watch like cowards or accomplices. I know our police on the front lines are brave and dedicated, but my assumption is some commander lacks will or commitment to the cause of crushing the gangs. To me it’s simple — you are with us, or against us. There is no middle ground in this war.

  2. Eye in the Sky says:

    Belize gann to !@$$.

    These ….. in the city have turned into Serial Murderers.

    The government need to hang only 1 by the neck (in public) and watch how they will get coward to kill again.

  3. Al says:

    It is sad when someone is not able to say no to gang membership. I guess the young people are getting smart and not wanting to become murderers, so now the gangs have to scare them into joining. Where will it end, no person is safe.

  4. Bear says:

    Police know who the leaders of this recruiting are, they should track them like hunters, and wipe them out the second they have a suitable chance. One ball to the back of the head works to kill gangsters, too. HUNT THE ANIMALS! Don’t let them have any space to breathe. If police do that, targeting the leaders one at a time, within a month or so the city will be a much safer place to live.

  5. Rod says:

    Unu not get it yet this pm and gov. Are part of these same gangs killing people they are making money off these gangs tha when unu wa get it through unu thick coconut why unu so had ease ,this gov is the gangs this pm and gov are the ones killing people rise up belizeans march remember the good lord said if your eye offends you pluck it out so if this pm and gov. Offends you pluck them out or you or one of your family members might be next the lay down Ina drain dead tha when unu wa wake up now we are at over one thousand people dead since this pm and gov are in power how can they sleep at night damm makes me want to vomit .

  6. kid says:

    rod maybe u should be in the prime ministers office, you hav an answer for evrytng..

  7. FEDUP says:

    it is sad to know that others have to suffer for the things that their relative does. Who knows Frankie knows that Frankie is a young and humble young man but his brothers have done a lot and that is why he is the one suffering for them. Out in the streets people say ” if u cant get harry, get hi shirt”. I do not admire many things that occurs at Yabra and I know they are others who shares the same sentiments. DO NOT GO OUT ON THE STREETS AND DO INJUSTICES TO OTHERS BECAUSE YOU MIGHT NOT BE THE ONE TO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCE BUT OTHERS MAY. Please young people, get this message because the Frankie that I knew was not a Gunman but others around him was. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.

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