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Mar 23, 2015

2 Minors Gunned Down in Orange Walk

Oscar Daniel Vasquez & Michael Usher

There has been only one other murder in Orange Walk since the beginning the year, but on Saturday night, all that changed when two teenage friends were gruesomely murdered in front of a house across from the popular Boundary Store Warehouse compound located on Palmar Boundary Road. The double murder of sixteen year old Oscar Daniel Vasquez of Dunn Street and seventeen year old Michael Usher of Royal Palm Street took place while they socialized with a group of friends. Police would not confirm if the duo was the intended target, but a barrage of bullets was unleashed on the two. An hour after the shooting both succumbed at the Northern Regional Hospital while undergoing surgery.  As many as eleven, nine millimeter expended shells from the scene and today, one was found by our News Five crew. Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

The blood-stained concrete entrance to a house on the Palmar Boundary Road is the scene of a double homicide up north in Orange Walk Town. Two teens, seventeen year old Michael Usher and sixteen year old Oscar Daniel Valdez, were murdered on Saturday night after they were ambushed from behind by a lone gunman as they socialized with a group of friends. Usher lived a stone’s throw from where he was shot; he was mortally wounded and died within an hour. And so did Valdez, who according to his family, was shot multiple times to the body.


Dennis Arnold

Supt. Dennis Arnold, O.C., Orange Walk Police Formation

“Police was called out to Palmar Boundary Road in front of Boundary Store Warehouse where it was reported that several male persons were in front of the warehouse socializing when a dark blue Tacoma [pickup] drove up and a male person exited the passenger side. Upon that person exiting the vehicle, he opened fire with a handgun towards the male persons who were socializing and as a result, two persons were injured. We have Daniel Valdez, sixteen years and Michael Usher, seventeen [years old]. Valdez was shot to the right side of his throat where the bullet exited through his back. Usher was shot to the right chest. Both persons were taken to the Northern Regional Hospital where about an hour later, both of them succumbed to their injuries.”


According to residents in the area as well as the families of the deceased youths, the shooting occurred before nine p.m. on Saturday. The group was hanging out when the gunman, who wore a hoodie, came shooting from around a dark corner at a nearby intersection. The barrage of bullets would hit the concrete wall and a parked vehicle multiple times, but several found their mark on Usher and Valdez. Valdez celebrated his sixteenth birthday five days before he was killed.


Voice of: Sister of Oscar Daniel Valdez

“Around nine, nine-thirty I got a call from my brother telling me that my little brother had gotten shot. I went to the hospital, but the security didn’t want me to go inside. So I waited and then after that, I rushed in and when I went in, he already died.”


Supt. Dennis Arnold

“At present we have no motive. Absolutely no motive we are investigating from all angles, but at present, we have no motive.”


Duane Moody

“Now the deceased, were they known to police as trouble makers or were they involved in any gang for someone to want to have taken their lives?”


Supt. Dennis Arnold

“Yes, they are known to police because both of them were arrested for drug possession—one for drug possession and the other of drug trafficking.”


Oscar Daniel Valdez

Valdez’s sister, who spoke with us off camera for fear of her life, says that her brother was the intended target. She asserts that several reports had been made to the police about threats made against her brother’s life in an ongoing gang war in that area.


Voice of: Sister of Oscar Daniel Valdez

“This mi neva mi wah reach so far because this problem is not from right now. This problem is from way back; the police know exactly about this problem and they know who all are involved in it as well because my little brother, he always, always have gotten threats and threats and I was right there as a witness looking forward for him. One time when I was standing with him in front of the house, the guys passed and always would do this signal, this sign to my little brother and say that they will kill him. So we always go to the station and report it and now that this happened, I went and they asked me, did you report it before? Yes I did and when they went and find in the computers, there was no report. So that means that they never put it in the computers. And the police know exactly who all involved in this but they do nothing. This thing is not from right now. I almost think it is something related to maybe gangs…I don’t really know because he is just a sixteen year old boy and you know. I can’t really say.”


Michael Usher

Police say they have not located the vehicle used in the commission of the crime but a man, also from Orange Walk Town, is in police custody at this time for the double homicide.


Supt. Dennis Arnold

“At present, we have one person in custody to see if he can assist us with the investigation.”


Duane Moody

“Has the vehicle been recovered?”


Supt. Dennis Arnold

“Not as yet. We have several leads, but not as yet.”


The Valdez family is asking for justice.


Voice of: Sister of Oscar Daniel Valdez

“I can’t believe how he ended right now. His death was so cruel. They killed him like worse than a criminal. I don’t know what else to say I just want justice for my little brother.”


Mike Rudon

“How is the family taking it; I know it must be hard for you all?”


Voice of: Sister of Oscar Daniel Valdez

“Yeah, it is really hard. I just want justice. And I just hope that the higher police boss is listening to this news. I want him to do justice because the police know who all did this.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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1 Response for “2 Minors Gunned Down in Orange Walk”

  1. barkli says:

    anyone knows Diana Kamera?

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