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Oct 3, 2014

Food Vendor Slaughtered on Barrack Road

During the nationwide blackout on Thursday night, twenty-seven year old Gerald Palmer was shot multiple times on Grants Alley.  The food vendor of Barrack Road had just left home when a lone gun man opened fire on him. Palmer was rushed to the K.H.M.H. where he succumbed to his injuries at about two thirty this morning. Police are investigating Palma’s murder and have retrieved five nine millimeter expended shells from the scene of the crime.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Amid the blackout on Thursday night, a shooting on the streets of the Old Capital claimed the life of yet another Belize City youth. Twenty-seven year old Gerald Palmer had just left his home on Barrack Road and was a stone’s throw away at the corner of Grants and Cards Alleys, where a gunman laywaited him. He was shot once to the leg and hand and fell as he tried to escape his attacker. That is when the gunman reportedly got over him and blasted several shots to his chest.


Teral Palmer, Twin Brother of Murder Victim

Teral Palmer

“Bout ten past eight o’clock blackout gone…after that dah gunshot; two shot buss off and the lee gial ask me if dah gunshot or pop shot. I tell ahn dah gunshot…after that I hear the rest ah shots lick off, six shots, so I say make I get up and come check on my bredda. I can’t find my bredda….I tell yo, dehn better pray yo know. I noh forgive dehn. Ih hurt me; take weh wah thing from my ma; tek wah wah thing from me. He noh give trouble; he take care of his family. We deh yah fourteen years dah Belize and noh wah day we get ina problem, noh wah record we got dah station. God know and dehn know why dehn do it.  At the time of the shooting, my bredda was sleeping; he get up when blackout gone. So he come outside and when he come outside dehn dog him dah the alley-way. He mi di go through the alley and right deh dehn give ahn the six shots, but out of the six, five of them touch ahn. He received five shots—one ina ih leg, three ina ih chest and one ina ih hand.”



“Did he die on the spot or at the hospital?”


Tevin Palmer

Teral Palmer

“He died at the hospital sake ah the main vein to the heart. One of the bullet ketch it and the doctor sew it up. Only ten percent of living ih mi have and that couldn’t do anything for ahn.”


Gerald was rushed to the K.H.M.H. by police but six hours later, around two-twenty-four this morning, he succumbed. According to his twin-brother, Teral, the family believes that he was killed in retaliation for a shooting in which their younger sibling, eighteen year old Tevin Palmer, was accused.


Teral Palmer

“We dah noh no trouble child or anything, but we got wah lee bredda; the news done know about he and thing and the news done see ih face already, but he dah wah killa too. So dehn come….I can’t ketch Harry because Harry deh dah jail right now so ah ketch ih shirt. So dehn happy. I noh happy; I sad and I wish dehn remember weh dehn do.  Whole ah Belize know we. We noh deal with problem; all we do dah hustle and take care of we family and ma. They just take weh my heart from me. Yesterday dah the last time he smile with me bwai; last time. Dehn take weh mi life. Forgive me Father cause I can’t forgive nobody.”


Police recovered five nine millimeter expended shells and one point three-eighty expended shell from the scene. Duane Moody for News Five.

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