18 year old south side youth murdered in Jane Usher
Twenty-four later on the south side, eighteen year old Kevin Rodriguez was gunned down and his family believes he was lured to his death. Just before eleven p.m., Rodriguez, received a phone call and stepped outside a house on Curl Thompson Street. Within minutes, he was shot three times by a gunman. Rodriguez laid dead on the ground and was finally transported to the K.H.M.H. after midnight. Duane Moody reports.
Duane Moody, Reporting
Another Belize City youth was gunned down in south side Belize City. Jane Usher Boulevard resident, eighteen year old Kevin Rodriguez was killed on Sunday night as he stood in front of a yard on Curl Thompson Street. Kevin, the second eldest of five siblings had just returned to the City when he met his untimely death.
Voice of: Sylvia Rodriguez
“I mi send he out dah village, make ih stay out of the city and then I decided to bring ahn back Saturday; I neva know this mi wah happen. Somebody just take ih life just like that and he dah noh criminal or nothing like that. I don’t know who do it. The Saturday ih mi so happy with all ah we…my lee daughter, ih mi di back up she and tell ahn that ih love ahn. He give ahn wah chain and ih say keep it Giselle…just mind that chain. It so hard; ih just hard…”
Police responded shortly after where they discovered three expended shells and three slugs…all of a nine millimeter caliber.
Cpl. Jorge Lemus, Admin Officer, Precinct Two, Belize City Police
“Detectives from Precinct two responded where they saw the lifeless body of a dark complexion person lying motionless in a pool of blood with gunshots to the lower and upper body. We learnt the person name to be Kevin Rodriguez, an eighteen year old unemployed of a Jane Usher Boulevard address. Our investigation at this time reveals that this said male person was in front of a family friend’s residence in that area where he was standing and gunshots rang out. The family friend came outside and saw him lying on the ground.”
Rodriguez was shot three times to the body. While a motive has not been ascertained, his mother told News Five that he received a call just moments before he was killed.
“He mi deh dah my friend house…my sister house—my sister through Jesus Christ—he tell she he want see me, so he and she walk to the church, pick me up and all ah we walk together dah back. We take some pictures and he said put dehn pan Facebook and all of that. So I stay there till around ten. When I see dah done ten o’clock I tell ahn I gwen. So he and his friend deh out deh di talk. I tell ahn Kevin it done late, please go inside. So my friend say ih gone in and lay down, but ih receive wah call and ih goen outside; that’s when the shooting happened.”
“So you think that call was a set up to have him come outside to kill him?”
Voice of: Sylvia Rodriguez
“I have no idea.”
Police currently have one person detained in connection with this murder. Duane Moody for News Five.