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Apr 10, 2015

Michael “Popeye” Foreman Murdered In Belize City

Michael “Popeye” Foreman

This week has been a particularly violent one … there have been three murders in the same number of days. On Thursday night, just before eleven o’clock, thirty-two year old Michael Horace Foreman of Iguana Street Extension, Belize City became the third murder victim. He was hanging out on Taylor’s Alley when he was shot once to the back of the head. Foreman was rushed to hospital, but died hours later.  He is the son of Assistant Superintendent Viannie Robinson, who is the deputy Commander at Precinct three in Belize City. He had just been released from prison, but police say they do not know the motive for his killing.  Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Three Belize City men murdered in three days…. On Thursday night there was yet another murder in the Old Capital…this time on Taylor’s Alley off Orange Street. Thirty-two year old Michael Foreman was shot to the back of the head by a lone gunman who came up to him from behind. He was sitting on a bucket in an open lot when the single shot caught him. Foreman would frequently visit persons in the area.


Hilberto Romero

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Head, CIB, Eastern Division

“Police personnel visited Taylor’s Alley where a shooting had occurred. They found one Michael Foreman with an apparent gunshot wound to the back of the head. He was immediately transported to the K.H.M.H. where he succumbed to his injuries this morning around four-thirty a.m.”


Duane Moody

“What is the investigation showing so far?”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“The investigation is showing that he was along with two other persons in that alley and at some point, a shot was heard and his body was found.”


Popeye, as he is affectionately known, was rushed to the K.H.M.H. in a critical condition. Just after one a.m., in the company of his mother, he was taken to the Belize Medical Associates for a cat-scan because the bullet was lodged in his head. Three hours later, after he returned to the K.H.M.H., he would succumb to his injuries.


Duane Moody

“We know that Mister Foreman is not from Taylor’s Alley; he actually lives on Iguana Street Extension. Is it believed that he was lured to his death?”



Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Well he frequents that area from time to time. When he is in Belize City that’s the area where he hangs out.”


Duane Moody

“So is he a gang member?”


Supt. Hilberto Romero

“I cannot say if he is. I know he hangs out in that particular area with other persons known to that area of Taylor’s Alley.”



“But he is known to police.”


Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Yes, he had been dealt with before with the police, correct.”


But Foreman was no stranger to the police. He was recently released on bail from the Central Prison and had returned to the city from a trip to southern Belize. So was he the target and why would anyone want him dead?


Duane Moody

“Was he the intended target in this shooting?”


Supt. Hilberto Romero

“He had entered that alley with two other persons and the information we have is that he was seated on a bucket and somebody came up to him and shot him; that is the information that we have. The investigation is ongoing at this time, we are looking for a couple persons who can assist with this investigation.”


Duane Moody

“Can you talk to a motive? We know that you said he was just released from prison and now targeted. A motive behind this murder.”


Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Again, we do not have an exact motive. We are doing our investigation. He had been charged for several crimes before and we are still working to establish what was the motive for this murder.”



No one has been detained for this latest homicide and investigations continue. Duane Moody for News Five.

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