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Nov 3, 2014

Corozal Resident Killed in Ride-By Shooting

Ricardo Itzab

Turning to crime, there was a murder early on Saturday morning in the peaceful village of Concepcion, Corozal. Twenty-four year old Ricardo Alfredo Itzab was shot and killed as he and two other friends headed by foot to their houses in the village. A man on a bicycle wearing a mask to conceal his identity fired a single shot. It hit Itzab to the chest causing his demise three hours later, after being rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk. Itzab’s family believes that he was not the intended target. Duane Moody reports from Concepcion.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Corozal Police are investigating a homicide in the village of Concepcion. Around one on Saturday morning, twenty-four year old Ricardo Itzab was heading home with two friends after taking a couple drinks at a local bar in the village. That’s when a masked man wearing a black sweater, three quarter pants and a hat rode in front of them and fired a single shot to his chest. His two friends jumped to the ground as the gunman sped off.


Voice of: Audberto Itzab, Father of Deceased

“I don’t have any kind of information from police. They came already to my house and ask but they haven’t given me any kind of feedback. So from them I don’t know anything. But what my daughter told me, they were coming or going—I can’t recall what she said—when a masked man riding bicycle came in front of him. They were coming, three of them were together, and he was coming with his bicycle and the man when in front of him and shot him. And then made another shot and the other guys threw themselves to the ground. And one of my nephew told the other guys not to follow him cause he was armed and so when he was going in shot in the air and then he ran with his bicycle.”


But Ricardo was gravely injured. He was rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital then on to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk; he died three hours later around four-thirty. His father was informed around five-thirty about his demise.


Voice of: Audberto Itzab

“I’m the type of person that yes he is my son, I always talk to him and taught him to be courteous. And he was that. He was a nice boy. The feedback that I have heard is that it was not him, but his brother that they wanted to get. But why they want them to kill, I have no idea.  Ricardo was a laborer, he used to work with Fruta Bomba, but they discharged him recently from the papaya industry that was having problems, he started to work around the community noh—fumigating in the cane field and chopping and those thing. Ricardo was a nice guy; yes he used to drink, but he was very courteous. He was a person that if you talked to him, he will talk to you; but he will never try to get in any fights or anything.”


Duane Moody

“Now you said that you believe that it is a case of mistaken identity; that it is for your older son that maybe he was killed. Is that son older than him, younger than him?”


Voice of: Audberto Itzab

“He’s older than him.”


Duane Moody

“A troublemaker?”


Voice of: Audberto Itzab

“Really I’ll tell you. He was, but now he is trying to change. But sometimes when you were and then you try to change the pass catches up with you and I think that is what really happened.”


But whether or not the murder was a case of mistaken identity or even a case of “if yo can’t ketch Harry, yo ketch ih shirt,” father, Audberto Itzab, says that as a Christian, he has forgiven his son’s killer.


Voice of: Audberto Itzab

“I don’t want, I have nothing against the person who did it. I prefer to leave everything to God because God is the one that does the intervention. I have nothing against the person that killed my son. If he comes and asks me for forgiveness I will give him that and let god do what he has to do.”


No one has been detained or arrested for this latest murder. Duane Moody for News Five.


Ricardo was the father of a three year old girl. He will be laid to rest on Tuesday in Concepcion.

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