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Dec 1, 2014

Kenroy Parham Gunned Down in Mahogany Heights

Kenroy Parham

There was an execution style murder sometime on Friday night on the heels of the murder of Emerson Arnold that occurred earlier that morning. But it is not known if the murder of Kenroy Parham has any bearing to Arnold’s homicide. Gunshot blasts were heard on Friday night in the quiet community, and early on Saturday morning, Parham’s lifeless body was found on the streets in the Mahogany Heights Community by a resident. Parham was visiting his children when death knocked at his door. News Five’s Duane Moody was in Mahogany Heights and has this report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Within hours of each other, there was yet another homicide to add to the list of murders within one day. Twenty-five year old Kenroy Parham was shot to the back and head in the Mahogany Heights community near mile thirty on the George Price Highway. According to relatives, Kenroy left his home in Western Paradise village at mile eight to visit with his two kids, who lived with their mother in the Mahogany Heights community. Little did they know it would be the last time they would have seen or heard from him.


Cousin of Murder Victim

Cousin of Murder Victim

“At around nine-thirty, minutes to ten, neighbors and families are saying that they heard several gunshots, but at that moment they didn’t know that Kenroy was the target. However, at around six o’clock in the morning, my aunt was walking towards the bus and she was the one who discovered him lying beside the street and they said that they heard the shots but didn’t look out because they didn’t realize it was him.”


Kenroy’s body was found on the side of the road—just two lots away from his aunt’s house—lying face down in the grass. But it was not until the following morning that his body was discovered; the body was removed from the scene by the police just before eleven a.m. on Saturday.


Sandra Parham, Aunt of Murder Victim

“Dehn say in the back and in his head…two shots.”


Duane Moody

“So they shot him from behind?”


Sandra Parham

Sandra Parham

“Yeah, from behind.”


Duane Moody

“Do you think he knew his killers?”


Sandra Parham

“Yes he knew them. He knew them because they were chasing him.


Duane Moody

“Several persons? How do you know they were chasing him?”


Sandra Parham

“Well rumors, people see and even my daughter weh live deh say she heard noise in the yard. So he was running.”


Emerson Arnold

Earlier on Friday at around six-thirty a.m., in Belize City, thirty-five year old Emerson Arnold was shot multiple times to the back and died on Gibnut Street as he was on his way to work. While police and the family are uncertain if both incidents are related, News Five understands that a relative of Arnold is one of the suspects detained in connection with the murder of Kenroy.


Cousin of Murder Victim

“From what I know, no Parham has been charged in regards to that incident. So I can’t say that this is something related to that because they haven’t had any one of us detained for that. It was a very terrible feeling; the family is distraught by the entire incident because we don’t know what caused his death, but we knew that he was a Parham and because of that he had many enemies. He was not somebody who would physically hurt anybody. He’s just a jovial persona and he loves to give jokes and he loved to have fun.”


Kenroy Parham

Sandra Parham

“I bawl out, but when he di tell me that, I neva believe dah mi Kenroy because I know Kenroy was in eight miles; I neva think ih gone dah Mahogany Heights because I told him not to go up there because he has a family problem with ih girlfriend. And the reason he went to jail dah because of her and that’s the reason I bail him last week and take him out and I tell him don’t go back to Mahogany Heights because that girl will make you get dead.”


Two persons are currently detained and police are looking for one other suspect in connection with this latest homicide. Duane Moody for News Five.

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5 Responses for “Kenroy Parham Gunned Down in Mahogany Heights”

  1. NYorker says:

    Whats up with all these dead guys. They are all described as “…I noh no why they kill im, he was a fun person; he like tell jokes and mek people laugh”.

  2. joyce says:


    Duh ! It’s called the duality of man, the yin-yang thing, Sir.

  3. kmh says:

    Must be better news to lead with than these gang deaths. Just glorifies the violence having it up front all the time, taking people’s attention away from other developments in Belize. Time to change the conversation maybe, take the power away from these small time terrorists.

  4. dracula says:

    he Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) has not slowed down its efforts to rid the streets of drugs and ammunition. Early this morning the GSU searched the Parham residence on Curassow Street. Six structures, three concrete buildings and three shacks are built on the compound. Upon arrival the GSU sighted twenty-three year old Kenroy Parham sitting in front of his house. Parham was searched and a black nine-millimeter Sig Sauer Brand pistol, loaded with a magazine of nine rounds of nine-millimeter ammunition was found in his pants waist. As a result, Parham was arrested and charged with Kept Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunition.
    While Parham was being searched a sixteen-year-old female minor was seen acting suspiciously inside one of the shacks. When approached, she ran and threw out a black plastic bag from the window. Inside the bag GSU officers found seventy-eight grams of cannabis. She was arrested and charged with Drug Trafficking. But the bust was not over. Inside another building, a fourteen year old was found inside a bedroom with one of the Parham’s. According to the GSU, the minor made verbal statements alleging carnal knowledge. She was escorted to the Crimes Investigation Branch Sexual Offence Section for further questioning. The thirty-one year old suspect has been detained pending charges of Carnal knowledge of a girl.

  5. Retired CEO says:

    @ kmh I certainly agree, the media has given far too much publicity to these unfortunate happenings.

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