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Mar 2, 2015

Gunshots Near Gungulung Leaves Japhet Martinez Dead

Four hours before the cold-blooded murder of Michael Welch, shots rang out behind the Charles Bartlett Hyde building, better known as the Complex. Just before seven p.m. on Sunday, twenty-seven-year-old Japhet Martinez of M and Y Street, off Holy Emmanuel Street in Belize City was the target of a gunman. Martinez had left home and was riding his bicycle on Alicia Street and as he stopped at its intersection with Estel Street, he was accosted by a gunman who was also on a bicycle. Nearby surveillance cameras, it is believed, caught the murder in full and police are currently sifting through the footage, which News Five understands showed that Martinez ran for his life down Estel Street with the gunman in hot pursuit. Martinez was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and succumbed moments later.


Alden Dawson

Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson, O.C., Precinct 2, Eastern Division

“We had two murders on Sunday in Precinct Two area and the first one was after six. Police were called to the St. Martin area where upon their arrival, they learnt that a young man, Japhet Martinez was riding his bicycle on Alicia Street and upon reaching its intersection with Estell Street, a male person of fair complexion rode up behind him and fired several shots at him of which most of the shots caught him. He was escorted to K.H.M.H. and later succumbed to his injury.”



“Has investigations revealed whether he was the intended target?”


Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson

“No, not at this point. We believe he was because he was the only person at that time in front of the shop at the intersection and the shot was directed at him.”


Hilberto Romero


“Can you tell us if the surveillance cameras picked up on anything in regards to Japhet Martinez’s shooting/murder?”


Supt. Hilberto Romero, O.C., CIB, Eastern Division

“Well the investigators are presently reviewing that video footage, our technicians are downloading the information and we have not reviewed all the footage…it takes time to review all the footage so they are working on that at this time.”


Patrols have since been increased across the city following the murders over the weekend. 

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