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Jan 16, 2014

Belize City man in critical condition following shooting

James Elijio

A Belize City resident is tonight in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The family of twenty-nine year old James Elijio is hoping for the best because Elijio was shot to the back of the neck as he was about to enter his house at the corner of Flamboyant and Pointsetta Streets in Belize City. Sometime before ten Wednesday night, Elijio was standing near an entrance to his house when two male persons walking from the direction of Casaurina Street fired two shots at him; one caught him on the back of the neck. The men then fled towards Black Orchid Street. News Five spoke to his sister, Tanya, on the attempted murder of her brother.


Tanya Elijio, Sister of Shooting Victim

“My grandmother told me that my brother was in his bed, she woke him up to have his tea and when he had drank his tea, he came outside to urine through the side door and when he came outside and urine and that done he went inside, that is when a gunman came and fired two shots at him and apparently one caught him in the back of his neck area. Right now, his condition, the doctor is saying that he is doing good, but he is still in the operating theatre. We are just hoping for the best.”


Duane Moody

Tanya Elijio

“Why would anyone want to make an attempt at your brother’s life?”


Tanya Elijio

“I don’t know, honestly, I don’t know. I mean to say he was in his bed, yo noh know weh wah happen the next minute. Fi he mind noh too correct right. Yo fear yo life yon oh even want go dah shop; yo noh even want sit down ina yo own yard.  Weh dah fi dehn problem? It need fi stop. I mean I have my granny yah; my granny can’t walk, my granny cripple…she could have been shot also. They noh have no heart; they noh have no mind weh anybody from this yard, weh my family, weh anybody coulda ever do to them so fi why dehn wah plot against fu dehn hurt yo understand? Why dehn wah do such thing? Weh kinda mind and heart they have.”


Police have since detained one man and are seeking another person known to them.

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