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Jul 14, 2014

59 year old man is senselessly murdered while playing dominoes

Julio Mendoza

There was one murder over the weekend and the victim lost his life senselessly. Fifty-nine year old Julio Mendoza was hanging out on Raccoon Street Extension, as he routinely did, when he met his untimely death while playing his favorite pastime game of dominoes. Two gunmen were in pursuit of two men in the area but when they did not get to their target, one of them simply opened fire on Mendoza. Both his wife and police agree that Mendoza was no trouble maker and Duane Moody spoke to both. Here’s that report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

The carnage in the Old Capital continued into the weekend. Fifty-nine-year-old Julio Mendoza would routinely be here on Raccoon Street socializing and playing dominoes under this elevated wooden house. But on Saturday, while enjoying his favorite pastime, he was shot once to the head by one of two gunmen; he died six hours later at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.


Corlita Obispo Mendoza, Wife of Murder Victim

“My husband died on a random shooting. He has done nothing wrong. A person was chasing two other persons and because the persons disappeared, the gunmen turned back and shoot the first person he saw. So that’s what happened. He shoot him right on his head. He was lying on the ground and he shot him right on his head. I believe that he died entering the hospital because as he get in the hospital, they put him on life support. So I thought that he died already.”


Duane Moody

“This was just a senseless killing.”


Corlita Obispo Mendoza

Corlita Obispo Mendoza

“Yes sir. I do believe that. He was living here and he goes and recreate at that house, under the house bottom.”


Duane Moody

“But never did you expect something like this to happen?”


Corlita Obispo Mendoza

“No sir, no. not at all.”


ASP Calbert Flowers, Acting O.C., Precinct 2, Belize City Police

Calbert Flowers

“The information is that these guys were pursuing someone else. When they couldn’t catch up with those guys that they were pursuing, they turned the gun on the group that Mister Mendoza was in, underneath the house. Police investigation into this latest homicide continues. We continue to step up our effort in order to try to stop the violence in the area. A number of persons have been picked up and interviewed. We have recorded several statements in an effort to find this person who caused this injury to Mister Mendoza. We believe that Mister Mendoza was just randomly shot at. He is not known to be involved in any criminal activities or any gangs. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”


His long time friend and former coworker, Mister Teddy, says that he was asleep when the shooting occurred. He was awoken by the commotion and when he got downstairs, found out that his friend was mortally wounded.


Voice of: Mister Teddy, Friend of Murder Victim

“When I heard the noise, then I get up and I come down. By then, they done ker ahn dah the hospital. When I asked, they said bwai dah Julio and I said, oh God.”


Duane Moody

“Now Julio, you knew him how long? How did you know him?”


Voice of: Mister Teddy

“….Over thirty-five years; me and he worked today along with Carlos Barrera. A very nice guy; well humble. He always deh yah. Always deh yah till late. That dah the only night the whole crowd gone and left four of them.”


Duane Moody

“You know any reason why somebody woulda want see him dead?”


Voice of: Mister Teddy

“No reason, no reason.”


By all accounts, Mendoza is another victim of circumstance in the ongoing urban gun violence that has gripped Belize City.


Corlita Obispo Mendoza

“He was a jovial man. Praise god; he was a jovial man. Everywhere he was, he kept you laughing. That’s what I know about him.”


Julio Mendoza

Duane Moody

“Was he working or anything like that?”


Corlita Obispo Mendoza

“Well I guess he was helping his son. I don’t know what kind of work he was doing or things like that.”


No motive has yet been established in this latest homicide. Duane Moody for News Five.

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2 Responses for “59 year old man is senselessly murdered while playing dominoes”

  1. Rod says:

    While another belizean is murdered in the streets for nothing this useless pm is vacationing in New York what a shamefull useless pm and gov.

  2. J says:

    Are you serious? Do you realize how ridiculous you sound, Rod? Stop with your political agenda!

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