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Jan 5, 2004

Cops seek motive for weekend killing

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The murder spree that began in the wee hours of New Year’s morning has yet to abate as the nation recorded 2004′s third homicide over the weekend in Belize City. News 5′s Jacqueline Woods spoke to the victim’s family about the circumstances of his death.

Jacqueline Woods, Reporting

Not until the police finish their investigation will we know officially why twenty-five year old Michael Skeet was shot in the back of his head as he rode his bicycle on Central American Boulevard around one on Saturday morning. But Skeet’s family believes that because of what was found in his hands, the killing was the result of a robbery.

Mark Zuniga, Brother of Deceased

“Well when they came to tell the family about the death, they say that how they robbed him. Dah rob they were trying to rob ah, but other people are saying that it was a drive by. So as far as we know what happen is that they robbed him because he was left with his medal in his hands, and they took his chain and his money was on the ground.”

The family says they do not believe reports that the murder may be drug related.

Mark Zuniga

“Michael never give trouble and nobody would have ever think that Michael would dead like that.”

Skeet, who received a single gunshot to the back of his head, collapsed over his bike and died on the spot. Mark Zuniga had the unpleasant task of viewing his brother’s body and he cannot believe the way his oldest sibling was murdered.

Mark Zuniga

“Well he had on a cap just like this. I was in Belmopan and they call me and tell me. When I come I gone to the morgue, I come home first and my mom showed me a cap just like what I have on and my mom showed me in the hat bloody and have a hole right back here. So he got shot somewhere by here in his head back. And when I went to the morgue to see him, here was swollen, the bullet stayed in his head.”

The police have not yet charged anyone with the murder, but Skeet’s family is hoping their loved one will soon be able to rest in peace.

Mark Zuniga

“We no want no want no fight or no misunderstanding, we only want to know who kill my brother and let the law deal with the rest.”

Skeet will be buried on Wednesday. Reporting for News 5, Jacqueline Woods.

As a result of their ongoing investigation, authorities have detained one person.

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