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Jul 11, 2014

No Arrests and Few Leads in Belize City Murders

There was one shooting on Thursday night and going into the weekend there is concern that the gang violence could flare up. Tonight, the Belize Defense Force soldiers are back on the streets beefing up security, but the police have been unable to make progress in the spate of violence in which three persons were murdered and others were injured in the past few days. News Five’s Isani Cayetano has an update.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A string of unsolved homicides in Belize City this week, starting on Monday night with the murder of twenty-five-year-old Leon Burgess, has investigators with the police department working tirelessly.  While the Ministry of National Security has wasted little time deploying BDF soldiers back into the streets of the Old Capital, in a last-ditch effort to restore a sense of normalcy, police are tonight no closer to unraveling the mysteries involving the deaths of Davee Copius and Dwayne Hilton, as well as the attempted murder of Edwin ‘Drive’ Flowers.  Whether or not there is a possible connection between the four cases is yet to be made known.  In theory, however, relatives of Leon Burgess strongly believe that he was done away with by members of the PIV Gang, possibly in retaliation for the execution of Myron Smith on June thirtieth.  Coincidentally, Flowers, a known figure within the ranks of PIV, was shot multiple times during an attempt on his life the night after Burgess’ murder.  The violent episode unfolded at Flowers’ Pen Road address on Tuesday, where he was socializing with his common-law wife and another individual.  As luck would have it, he has survived the vicious attack.  Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Hilton who was slain a few blocks away from where Flowers was assailed.  The thirty-five-year-old, according to his family, had recently returned from the cayes and was in the process of finding employment when he was mowed down in a hail of bullets which also injured forty-two-year-old Derrick Mahler.  The two were inside a yard at the corners of Custard Apple and Baldwin streets when gunfire erupted.  Of interest is that while Hilton’s relatives vehemently deny any gang involvement, they do acknowledge that he is originally from the Ghost Town area.  Lastly, the case of Davee Copius whose gutted remains were discovered floating in a sewage pond on Wednesday afternoon, is apparently isolated.  While the motive is unclear, Copius, a resident of the Jane Usher Boulevard area, is believed to have been disemboweled and then dumped into the secluded body of water.  Notwithstanding the latter, the question remains, are these cases related?  The answer is yet to be determined by the Belize Police Department. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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