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Sep 9, 2015

Kareem Clarke’s Murder Was an Act of Random Violence

Kareem Clarke

On Tuesday a minor was taken in shackles to the Belize Family Court, where he was arraigned for the murder of journalist Kareem Clarke on July sixth. The minor is a known gang member and has a record on the wrong side of the law. In fact, he was in prison on remand when Police made the move to charge him with Clarke’s murder. The arrest comes two months after the brutal murder of the beloved Kremandala journalist. Clarke was riddled with bullets as he rode down Vernon Street. Today Senior Superintendent Chester Williams gave the media an update on the investigation which led to the minor’s arrest, but would not comment further  on the fact that surveillance footage shows Police arriving on the scene just seconds after the shooting, but doing nothing to try to locate or apprehend the shooter.


Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“I would not want to go back and rehash something that was already dealt with. I believe I had given an interview in relation to what I saw with the Police shortly after the incident occurred, and what I said then I maintain. In relation to the investigative process I also said to the media that we would be doing our utmost best to see if we could try and properly investigate the matter to bring some closure to the family. Since that murder took place we have been out there. We have been interviewing people and getting statements from people. We had a breakthrough about a week and a couple days ago in relation to that investigation, and yesterday we got a removal order from the Magistrate’s Court. We brought the person from prison, because he was in prison, and he was further arrested and charged for the murder of Kareem Clarke.”



“Would you be able to tell us what motive you all have come up with for that murder?”


Chester Williams

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams

“We have not come up with a definitive motive, but from what we have been made to understand, it was just done randomly. There was no basic motive behind it. The person we have arrested and charged is an associate of the PIV gang which is one of the gangs that is based in the St. Martin’s Area. What I had said before is that it would appear as if these persons were there, they were drinking, they were high, and they just basically shot anybody who was passing by. We got a statement from a witness that saw everything that took place, and based on the evidence that we got from the witness we made the arrest.”



“Are you able to say if the witness just came out at that point or if it’s a witness you all have been working with?”


Sr. Supt. Chester Williams

“Yes, it’s a witness that we have been working with from day one and we just managed to convince the witness to be able to give us a statement in this matter.”

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