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Jan 4, 2017

Who Wanted Randolph Johnson Dead?

Randolph Johnson

Hours before Bert Abraham was executed, nineteen year old Randolph Johnson was among a group of friends fishing when he too was ambushed near Belize Waste Compound on the George Price Highway just after two in the afternoon. Johnson’s family believes his movements were being monitored before the gunman pounced on him. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

It’s been four days and six murders in the Belize District since the start of the New Year. The fifth, which claimed the life of another Belize City youth, took place just after two p.m. on Tuesday at a creek near mile three on the George Price Highway. Nineteen-year-old Randolph Johnson, a resident of Police Street, was ambushed by a gunman who opened fire on him. “Tunutz,” as he was affectionately known, was hit to the chest, leg and palm and died within minutes.


Voice of: Leeli, Girlfriend of Murder Victim

“I found out ina di evening till after dehn mi down pick up ih body off of the highway and dehn done ker ahn dah the morgue. I found in the evening when time wah lady say that my boyfriend dead and my cousin come rush and tell me ina wah heat. So I run out of my house and I immediately come to his house where he lives to come and find out what happen if dah true or weh gone on or the basic details.”


Johnson was with five other persons, including his cousin who is a minor, when the shooting occurred. His aunt told us that they were all out on a fishing trip when Johnson came under fire.


Voice of: Aunt of Murder Victim

“They gone fishing. They just decided because they say my lee son gone and ketch tawpound [a fish] yesterday and they mi like di way my ma cook it so they decided fi make all of them go do it so that they have tea later. But my nephew end up gone because he want crawna fi eat and as he reach, according to my son, ih ketch di crawna. So ih bend down di ketch fire fi put this crawna and dah then di gunman just come and shot ahn and chance ahn outta ih life because my nephew dah wah strong person and if that gunman mi come front way, ih mi wah fight to the very end. Ih neva mi wah give up.”


Voice of: Leeli

“Five of them gone up the road and I hear that the bwai dehn just come and do weh dehn have to do and only he out of all of them dead. the four noh paralyze or nothing.”


Duane Moody

“So they basically followed them?”


Voice of: Leeli

“Yes sir.”


According to Johnson’s expecting girlfriend, Leeli, he was a hardworking person who worked at a carwash in the area and was changing his life.


Voice of: Leeli

“He was always a jovial person, he is always happy. Me and he do everything together. We always had good times together. Noh kay weh we go through, we always deh together noh kay weh anybody tell he about me, we always stick together. They really took advantage and they really chance ahn outta ih life because they only way dehn coulda mi get ahn dah from back on because once dah mi from face on, he always say it he gwen down fi anything. he mi wah fight fi ih life to the end.”


So why would anyone want Johnson dead?


Voice of: Aunt of Murder Victim

“The other day dehn just stop ahn ina ih face and pan ih shoulder. [We] tell ahn report it, but ih just left it lone because ih try di change ih life. But dah like weh dehn say, when yo change yo life that dah when God takes it. And majority of time ih get ina trouble, dah because of the persons weh ih heng out with. Ih just mi wah have ih first child; dehn chance ahn outta ih life.”


No one has been detained so far for this homicide. Duane Moody for News Five.

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